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If we must die : African American voices on war and peace / edited by Karin L. Stanford.

Contributor(s): Stanford, Karin L, 1961-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, c2008Description: x, 373 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0742541134 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780742541139 (cloth : alk. paper); 0742541142 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780742541146 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): African Americans -- History | African Americans -- Social conditions | Patriotism -- United States -- History | Black nationalism -- United States -- History | War and society -- United States -- History | Peace -- History | United States -- History, Military | United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans -- History
Contents:
Introduction -- Revolutionary War : my liberation, your freedom -- War of 1812 : from the plantation to the battle field -- Civil War : one shot away from emancipation -- Spanish-American and Philippines-American Wars : is this a white man's war? -- World War I : the strange fruit of war -- World War II : fighting for "Our America" -- Korean War : coming in from the cold -- Vietnam War : red, white, black and blue -- Persian Gulf War : civil rights, human wrongs -- Iraq War : patriot games.
Summary: "If We Must Die is a narrative and compilation of commentaries by African American leaders, intellectuals, and average citizens on wars fought by the United States. The book uses the rich material of political and social commentary as it seeks to articulate the concerns, mood, and memory of African Americans in the context of global political realities." "Organized chronologically, by America's major wars, If We Must Die offers an impressively wide array of viewpoints from such diverse figures as Molly Pitcher, Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and more." "Each section begins with an introduction that describes the war, its causes, the African American condition during the war, and the context for the African American response. The commentaries included in this book are based on their significance to each war, the era, and which best represented a particular point of view."--BOOK JACKET.
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E181 .B728 2003 The savage wars of peace : E181 .D8 Military heritage of America E181 .F44 A wilderness of miseries : E181 .I26 2008 If we must die : E181 .L45 The wars of America. E181 .M33 1973 American military history. E181 .M6986 1984 For the common defense :

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- Revolutionary War : my liberation, your freedom -- War of 1812 : from the plantation to the battle field -- Civil War : one shot away from emancipation -- Spanish-American and Philippines-American Wars : is this a white man's war? -- World War I : the strange fruit of war -- World War II : fighting for "Our America" -- Korean War : coming in from the cold -- Vietnam War : red, white, black and blue -- Persian Gulf War : civil rights, human wrongs -- Iraq War : patriot games.

"If We Must Die is a narrative and compilation of commentaries by African American leaders, intellectuals, and average citizens on wars fought by the United States. The book uses the rich material of political and social commentary as it seeks to articulate the concerns, mood, and memory of African Americans in the context of global political realities." "Organized chronologically, by America's major wars, If We Must Die offers an impressively wide array of viewpoints from such diverse figures as Molly Pitcher, Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and more." "Each section begins with an introduction that describes the war, its causes, the African American condition during the war, and the context for the African American response. The commentaries included in this book are based on their significance to each war, the era, and which best represented a particular point of view."--BOOK JACKET.

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CHOICE Review

From Phillis Wheatley to Condoleezza Rice, from Martin Delaney to W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Bunche, and Huey Newton, this volume collects an impressively diverse array of African American thought and rhetoric on the major wars of the US. Separate chapters include documentary evidence from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American and Philippines-American wars, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the most recent conflict with Iraq. In 1899, Bishop Henry McNeal Turner wrote, "The Negro has no flag to defend." Much of this volume explores African American struggles with whether they did have a flag to defend at all, and if so, what that flag meant to them beyond the US history of slavery, segregation, and degradation. The Civil War chapter is not as robust it could have been, but overall, editor Stanford (California State Univ., Northridge) has performed an outstanding service with this volume, which should be owned by all research libraries. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. P. Harvey University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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Karin L. Stanford is associate professor of pan African studies and African American politics at California State University, Northridge.

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