Lost Battalions The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality

ISBN-10: 0805081380
ISBN-13: 9780805081381
Edition: 2005
Authors: Richard Slotkin
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 10/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

"A work of stunning density and penetrating analysis . . . Lost Battalions deploys a narrative symmetry of gratifying complexity."--David Levering Lewis, "The Nation" During the bloodiest days of World War I, no soldiers served more valiantly than the African American troops of the 369th Infantry--the fabled Harlem Hellfighters--and the legendary 77th "lost battalion" composed of New York City immigrants. Though these men had lived up to their side of the bargain as loyal American soldiers, the country to which they returned solidified laws and patterns of social behavior that had stigmatized them as second-class citizens. Richard Slotkin takes the pulse of a nation struggling with social inequality during a decisive historical moment, juxtaposing social commentary with battle scenes that display the bravery and solidarity of these men. Enduring grueling maneuvers, and the loss of so many of their brethren, the soldiers in the lost battalions were forever bound by their wartime experience. Both a riveting combat narrative and a brilliant social history, Lost Battalions delivers a richly detailed account of the fierce fight for equality in the shadow of a foreign war.

Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1916. He was a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for three years before taking a job as a comic book illustrator. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Corp and was a camouflage pattern designer. After the war, he changed his name to make his Jewish heritage less noticeable. He wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 children's books. The first book he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing, which was published in 1954. The first book he wrote was My Dog is Lost, which was published in 1960. His other works include Pet Show and The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. He was also awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature in 1980. He died of a heart attack on May 6, 1983.Richar Slotkin is the Olin Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Gunfighter Nation and Regeneration Through Violence, both National Book Award Finalists, and The Crater.

List of Illustrations and Maps
Safe for Democracy: The Lost Battalion and the Harlem Hell Fighters
"The Great Composite American": Theodore Roosevelt and American Nationalism, 1880-1917
No Black in the Rainbow: The Origin of the Harlem Hell Fighters, 1911-1917
"The Jews and Wops, the Dutch and Irish Cops": Recruiting the Melting Pot Division, July-December 1917
The Politics of Ridicule: The 15th New York Goes to War, October 1917-May 1918
The Slamming of Great Doors: Entering the World of Combat, May-September 1918
Home Fires Burning: Political and Racial Reaction, Summer 1918
"Tout le Monde a la Bataille!": The Allied Offensive Begins, September 12-27, 1918
The Last Long Mile: The Hell Fighters at Bellevue Ridge and Sechault, September 26-October 1, 1918
The Lost Battalion: Whittlesey's Command at Charlevaux Mill, October 1-8, 1918
Print the Legend: The "Lost Battalion" as Public Myth
"No Man's Land Is Ours": The Hell Fighters and the Lost Battalion Return, February-May 1919
The Black and the Red: Race Riots, Red Scares, and the Triumph of Reaction, 1919-1924
Unknown Soldiers: Charles Whittlesey and Henry Johnson, 1919-1929
"Say, Don't You Remember...?": Public Memory, Public Myth, and the Meaning of the War, 1919-1930
The New Deal and the Renewal of American Nationalism, 1930-1941
The Bargain Renewed: The Myth of the "Good War" and the Memory of the Lost Battalions, 1938-1965
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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