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Black soldiers in a white man's war : race, good order and discipline in a Great War labour battalion

Author: Gordon Douglas Pollock
Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book investigates the story of 600 Black men from across North America and the Caribbean, who, in 1917, went to war in a labour unit, No. 2 Construction Battalion. Regarded then by senior Command as morally infectious, a century later they have become central actors in a powerful cultural myth, celebrated in folk tales, poetry, drama and text.Black Soldiers in a White Man's War examines critically that mythical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Pollock, Gordon Douglas.
Black soldiers in a white man's war.
Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018
(OCoLC)1022489615
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Douglas Pollock
ISBN: 9781527522855 1527522857
OCLC Number: 1078637193
Description: 1 online resource (203 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Intro; Contents; Acknowledgements; Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; Chapter Ten; Index
Responsibility: by Gordon Douglas Pollock.

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This book investigates the story of 600 Black men from across North America and the Caribbean, who, in 1917, went to war in a labour unit, No. 2 Construction Battalion. Regarded then by senior Command as morally infectious, a century later they have become central actors in a powerful cultural myth, celebrated in folk tales, poetry, drama and text.Black Soldiers in a White Man's War examines critically that mythical narrative. Based on service records of the 600 volunteers and 35 courts-martial in the unit, it probes the lives of these soldiers, who laboured in the forests of France during 191.

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