A More Unbending Battle (Hardcover)
The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home
Civitas Books, 9780465003174, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2009
In A More Unbending Battle, journalist and author Pete Nelson chronicles the little-known story of the 369th Infantry Regimentthe first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI. Recruited from all walks of Harlem life, the regiment had to fight alongside the French because America's segregation policy prohibited them from fighting with white U.S. soldiers.
Despite extraordinary odds and racism, the 369th became one of the most successfuland infamousregiments of the war. The Harlem Hellfighters, as their enemies named them, spent longer than any other American unit in combat, were the first Allied unit to reach the Rhine, and showed extraordinary valor on the battlefield, with many soldiers winning the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. Replete with vivid accounts of battlefield heroics, A More Unbending Battle is the thrilling story of the dauntless Harlem Hellfighters.
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Praise For A More Unbending Battle: The Harlem Hellfighter's Struggle for Freedom in WWI and Equality at Home…
In rich detail, Mr. Nelson recalls how the regiment fought valiantly at the front (and through its marching band helped introduce jazz to Europe.) Some of the most moving passages, though, are about what happened before and after.”
Nelson seamlessly interweaves the military narrative with vivid firsthand accounts [He] offers a nuanced, in-depth portrait of this group of ordinary men who fought with inspiring courage and dignity. A valuable addition to World War I and civil-rights scholarship on a subject too frequently overlooked.”
Marilyn Nelson, Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Award, and three-time National Book Award honoree, Connecticut Poet Laureate, and author of Carver: A Life in Poems and A Wreath for Emmett Till
Having watched the Tuskegee Airmen receive their due respect some sixty years after they served, I commend Peter Nelson's A More Unbending Battle for the respect it gives to an earlier and equally deserving group of American patriots. This book, long overdue, makes an invaluable contribution to American and African-American military history.”