The Black Soldier: 1492 to the Present (Hardcover)

1492 to the Present

By Catherine Clinton

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780395677223, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2000



Black soldiers have fought and died in the Americas for centuries, forming a chain of warriors stretching back nearly 500 years. Yet their contribution to our nation's history has been neglected, and the battles they ve had to fight against racism and prejudice have often been as challenging as facing the enemy on the field of battle.
This exciting story of African-American heroism traces the history of the black soldier, from the African explorers who accompanied Columbus to African Americans who took up arms in the American Revolution, the Civil War, and Desert Storm. These tales of heroism show young readers that while black soldiers were once systematically ignored within the armed forces, earning little praise and often dying for a nation that granted them few rights, black men and women rose to the occasion and distinguished themselves with each successive opportunity to prove themselves in combat and in the ranks. Ultimately, the sacrifices of these valiant soldiers led to today's fully integrated armed services.

Praise For The Black Soldier: 1492 to the Present

"Clinton has found a story that needs to be told, and she tells it with energy and conviction. . . . A heartening account of triumph over adversity." —Booklist (9/15/00) Booklist, ALA

The Bulletin (10/00) The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Clinton chronicles the fascinating story of he valiant contributions of African-American men and women. . . . Short chapters, lively narration, and a detailed index make this an easy book for students to use for reports. Its subject matter is an important and often neglected part of American history." —Kirkus Reviews (7/1/00) Kirkus Reviews

"Clinton’s historical chronology of African-American participation in American wars shows the harsh realities and suffering that black soldiers faced both on the front lines and at home." — School Library Journal (10/00) School Library Journal