American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm

American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm

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A dramatic and moving tribute to the military’s unsung heroes, American Patriots tells the story of the black servicemen and women who defended American ideals on the battlefield, even as they faced racism in the ranks and segregation on the home front. Through hundreds of original interviews with veterans of every war since World War I, historic accounts, and photographs, Gail Buckley brings these heroes and their struggles to life. We meet Henry O. Flipper, who withstood silent treatment from his classmates to become the first black graduate of West Point in 1877. And World War II infantry medic Bruce M. Wright, who crawled through a minefield to shield a fallen soldier during an attack. Finally, we meet a young soldier in Vietnam, Colin Powell, who rose through the ranks to become, during the Gulf War, the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Fourteen years in the making, American Patriots is a landmark chronicle of the brave men and women whose courage and determination changed the course of American history.

Product Details

  • Author: Gail Lumet Buckley
  • Publication Date: 2002-05-14
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Product Group: Book
  • Manufacturer: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Binding: Paperback, 608 pages
  • Item Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 787L x 512W x 118H
    • Weight: 99
  • Package Dimensions:
    • Dimensions: 800L x 520W x 170H
    • Weight: 95
  • List Price: $17.00
  • ISBN: 0375760091
  • ASIN: 0375760091

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