Soldiers of Freedom: An Illustrated History of African Americans in the Armed Forces
    • Soldiers of Freedom: An Illustrated History of African Americans in the Armed Forces (2002) by Kai Wright

Spanning from the American Revolution to the war in Afghanistan, this long-overdue, comprehensive history covers the full scope of African Americans' involvement in the armed forces during war and peacetime. Accompanying the informative text are 300 photographs and illustrations, most of them rare, some never before published.

Highlights include accounts of:

- The Rhode Island 1st Regiment, the first all-black regiment in the US Army.

- The New Orleans Battalion of Free Men of Color.

- The Battle for Richmond, which resulted in the largest loss of black life in the Civil War.

- The 1863 New York City Draft Riot.

- The 1919 lynchings of black war vets.

- The Navy's reluctant integration during World War II.

- The dramatic story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

- The war against terrorism in Afghanistan, and much more.

Soldiers of Freedom also features portraits of famous and lesser-known soldiers, including Crispus Attucks, Salem Poor, John Brown, Sergeant William Carney, Dorie Miller and Colin Powell. This dramatic visual history is a moving tribute to the essential and often unsung contributions of African-American soldiers through every generation.

 

    • Kai Wright
    • Kai Wright is editorial director of Colorlines and an Alfred Knobler Fellow of The Nation Institute. His investigative reporting and news analysis appears regularly in The Nation, The Root, and The American Prospect, among other publications. His work ...

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