Torchbearers of Democracy
African American Soldiers in the World War I Era
By Chad L. Williams
472 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 18 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-0985-0
Published: August 2013
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9935-9
Published: September 2010
John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
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Awards & distinctions
2011 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award, Organization of American Historians
A 2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
2011 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award
About the Author
Chad L. Williams is associate professor of African and Afro-American studies at Brandeis University.
For more information about Chad L. Williams, visit the Author Page.
"A clear, unvarnished look at America in World War I. . . . Concise, descriptive and easy to read. . . . A very necessary and valuable book."--TOCWOC
"A far-ranging and detailed analysis."--St. Mihiel Trip-Wire
"Torchbearers of Democracy reclaims the legacy of black soldiers and establishes the World War I era as a defining moment in the history of African Americans and peoples of African descent more broadly. . . . This book is an important addition to a W.W.I library."--The Lone Star Book Review
"Us[es] a diverse range of sources. . . . Reclaims the legacy of black soldiers and establishes the World War I era as a defining moment in the history of African Americans and peoples of African descent more broadly. . . . An important addition to a WWI library."--Lone Star Book Review
"Indispensable. . . . Bits and pieces of this story may be found in a variety of other histories, but none to date have put the entire story together with the comprehensiveness, care, research, and insight of this hefty work. Highly recommended."--Choice
"Torchbearers of Democracy is not a story with heroes and villains, only victims. And Williams tells the story with the exquisite skill of a scholarly storyteller."--Virginia Libraries
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Listen to Williams's interview with New Books in Military History.