by Bruce A. Glasrud
Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri, 2021. Pp. x, 246.
Notes, biblio., index. $25.00 paper. ISBN: 0826222358
Reprint of a Classic on African-American Military Service
First published in 2011 and now available in paperback, our reviewer at the time wrote of this ground breaking collection of essays on the Black military experience from the Civil War through the America’s entry into the Great War, “Of particular interest are several [papers] which examine, in part, why ‘Jim Crow’ would permit the existence of African Americans in the militia’.” Various essays cover Black militia service, regular and volunteer service in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars, Black militiamen acting in support of the civil authority, and mobilization for World War I.
The reviewer concluded that the papers “help throw light on how the African American community strove to secure recognition of their Americanism through service in the militia and the volunteers”.
While some papers are dated as early as 1955, despite the many more recent works on the subject, that statement still stands.
Note: Brothers to the Buffalo Soldiers is also available in several e-editions.