Reading Recommendations · African Americans in World War II
Learn more about the contributions African Americans made on the battlefield and the homefront during World War II.
Based on personal interviews conducted by Abdul-Jabbar with veterans of the battalion, this history focuses on the heroic deeds of this unit, integral to General George Patton’s 1944-45 drive through France and Germany.
Thoroughly researched study of the hostile discrimination African American servicemen experienced on the homefront during World War II. The author centers his book on the 1943 police shooting of an African American soldier in Harlem.
Moving story of how Sergeant Eddie Carter’s family succeeded over a period of years to gain Medal of Honor recognition for his heroic action with General George Patton’s 12th Armored Division during the Rhineland campaign.
Excellent biography of Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., who became the first African American to be promoted as a flag officer in the United States military.
Newer edition of the definitive and now classic study of the famous Tuskegee air fighter group.
A very readable history of the Tuskegee Airmen filled with many anecdotes and personal reminisces.
Vivid memoir by a Tuskegee Airmen who spent several months in a German POW camp after his plane was shot down. Includes numerous photographs, and sketches by the author.
Intense study examining why a majority of U.S. troops given the death sentence for capital crimes committed in occupied wartime Europe were African American.
Chapters 10, 11 & 12 are about African Americans who served in the Army, Army Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps during World War II.
To Serve My Country, to Serve My Race: The Story of the Only African American WACS Stationed Overseas during World War II
Insightful study of the 6888th Battalion, the only African American Women’s Army Corps (WACS) stationed overseas during World War II.
The author, both of whose parents are World War II veterans, provides an excellent overview of African Americans in the conflict, covering both military and homefront involvement.
Very good distillation of personal narrative and scholarly analysis centering on the day-to-day experience of the African American foot soldier in World War II. Interestingly, the author’s father was a white officer for the 93rd Division, a unit of African American infantrymen stationed in the South Pacific.
A now classic study of the African American soldier in World War II, based on taped interviews. Concentrates heavily on the African American GI struggles against discrimination.
Compact, well-illustrated history on the long neglected topic of courageous service provided by African American Marines in the Pacific Theater.
Poignant narrative from a World War II sailor who was one of the first African Americans assigned to an integrated navel ship.
This public document covers the roles of African-American pilots in WWII and details the efforts of the War Department and the U.S. Army Air Forces to deal with the discrimmination they endured.
Supplement to a PBS American Experience segment with particular emphasis on the contributions of the 761st “Black Panther” Tank Battalion. Includes many photographs.
Highly readable biography of Colonel Charles E. McGee, whose exceptional war record began with the Tuskegee Airmen and extended through the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
Generously illustrated with a substantial chapter on African American involvement in World War II.
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Public document commemorating African-American life in and out of the armed services during WWII. Includes articles, photographs, and activities.
Robbins centers his novel on a driver for an African American battalion of the Red Ball Express, which played a crucial role in supplying the U.S. Infantry in their 1944/1945 liberation of France.
Fifteen profiles of African Americans who performed heroically in the infantry and air corps during World War II.
Thorough, objective and well illustrated overview of the African American soldier’s contribution to the war effort with special emphasis on the infantry.
Ideal for pre-school children and early primary school students, this nicely illustrated book highlights the challenges and accomplishments of the Tuskegee pilots through the narrative of a fictional veteran talking to his grandchildren.
Comprehensive overview of African American military participation in World War II. For kids in upper elementary school. Includes very good photographs.
PBS American Experience segment concentrating on the heroics of the 761st Tank Battalion, who played a key role in spearheading General George Patton’s offensive across Western Europe. Ironically, this unit, which had been previously discriminated against, helped liberate the Nazi concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald.
One hour PBS documentary on the famed air fighter unit.
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