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‘An Intensely Human and Brilliant Account of the World War; Why America Entered the Conflict; What the Allies Fought For; And a Thrilling Account of the Important Part Taken by the Negro in the Tragic Defeat of Germany; The Downfall of Autocracy, and Complete Victory for the Cause of Righteousness and Freedom’, by Kelly Miller, noted African-American academic and journalist.

First portion of the work provides a general history of the war, interspersed with chapters dealing with technology etc.; the second portion focuses particularly on the African-American experience, examining the prejudice faced by African-American troops, their reasons for enlisting, the segregation of the armed forces (particularly the Navy), and points to their honourable war service as a compelling argument against racial discrimination.

Contents:
I: INTRODUCTORY
II: GEN. PERSHING’S OWN STORY
III: PRESIDENT WILSON’S REVIEW OF THE WAR
IV: THE FLASH THAT SET THE WORLD AFLAME
V: WHY AMERICA ENTERED THE WAR
VI: THE THINGS THAT MADE MEN MAD
VII: THE SLINKING SUBMARINE
VIII: THWARTING THE U-BOAT
IX: THE EYES OF BATTLE
X: WAR’S STRANGE DEVICES
XI: WONDERFUL WAR WEAPONS
XII: THE WORLD’S ARMIES
XIII: THE WORLD’S NAVIES
XIV: THE NATIONS AT WAR
XV: MODERN WAR METHODS
XVI: WOMAN AND THE WAR
XVII: THE TERRIBLE PRICE
XVIII: THE WORLD RULERS AT WAR
XIX: THE WAR’S WHO’S WHO
XX: CHEMISTRY IN THE WAR
XXI: OUR NEIGHBORING ALLY
XXII: THE HEROIC ANZAC
XXIII: AMERICA STEPS IN
XXIV: UNCLE SAM TAKES HOLD
XXV: A GERMAN CRISIS
XXVI: UNCLE SAM AND THE NEUTRALS
XXVII: THE ACTIONS OF THE WAR
XXVIII: AMERICAN FORCES BECOME FACTOR
XXIX: AMERICANS TURN WAR’S TIDE
XXX: VICTORY—PEACE
[XXXI]: THE NEGRO IN THE WORLD WAR
[[XXXII]: THE NEGRO IN THE NAVY]
[XXXIII: THE OLD ILLINOIS 8TH REGIMENT]

[NB. Contents pages and paratext towards end of volume in disagreement. Numeration ceases in contents page following Ch. XXX, but in the main body of the text, ‘Ch. XXXIII’ is found alongside the subheading ‘Old Illinois 8th Regiment’. No entry appears in the contents page for this chapter; the preceding item, ‘The Negro in the Navy’, is likewise omitted and lacks an accompanying chapter number, but is otherwise typographically distinguished as a chapter heading. The Library of Congress copy lacks the final chapter, printing instead a ‘Condensed Chronology of the War’]

Washington and Chicago: Austin Jenkins co., 1919

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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