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472 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 18 halftones, notes, bibl., index

Torchbearers of Democracy

African American Soldiers in the World War I Era


For the 380,000 African American soldiers who fought in World War I, Woodrow Wilson's charge to make the world "safe for democracy" carried life-or-death meaning. Chad L. Williams reveals the central role of African American soldiers in the global conflict and how they, along with race activists and ordinary citizens, committed to fighting for democracy at home and beyond. Using a diverse range of sources, Torchbearers of Democracy reclaims the legacy of African American soldiers and veterans and connects their history to issues such as the obligations of citizenship, combat and labor, diaspora and internationalism, homecoming and racial violence, "New Negro" militancy, and African American memories of the war.

About the Author

Chad L. Williams is associate professor of African and Afro-American studies at Brandeis University.


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