Williams, Chad Louis, 1976-

Torchbearers of democracy : African American soldiers in the World War I era / Chad L. Williams. - Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2010. - xiii, 452 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm. - The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture . - John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 409-436) and index.

Introduction -- Part I: War. Democracy at war : African Americans, citizenship, and the meanings of military service ; The "race question" : the U.S. government and the training experiences of African American soldiers ; The hell of war : African American soldiers in labor and combat ; Les soldats noir : France, Black military service, and the challenges of internationalism and diaspora -- Part II: Peace? Waging peace : the end of the war and the hope of democracy ; The war at home : African American veterans and violence in the long "red summer" ; Soldiers to "new Negroes" : African American veterans and postwar racial militancy ; Lest we forget : the war and African American soldiers in history and memory -- Epilogue.

9780807833940 (cloth : alk. paper) 0807833940 (cloth : alk. paper)


World War, 1914-1918--Participation, African American.
World War, 1914-1918--African Americans.
African American soldiers--History--20th century.
African Americans--Social conditions--20th century.
African Americans--Civil rights--History--20th century.
Racism--Political aspects--History--United States--20th century.
Citizenship--History--United States--20th century.

D639.N4 / W497 2010