These truly are the brave : an anthology of African American writings on war and citizenship

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Summary
From enslaved people who joined Washington's Continental Army and Buffalo Soldiers in the Indian Wars to the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II and black servicemen and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, African Americans have been an integral part of the country's armed forces - even while the nation questioned, challenged, and denied their rights, and oftentimes their humanity.

These Truly Are the Brave collects poems, stories, plays, songs, essays, pamphlets, newspaper articles, speeches, oral histories, letters, and political commentaries, richly contextualizing them within their specific historical moments. This volume offers perspectives onwar, national loyalty, and freedom from a sweeping range of writers that includes Phillis Wheatley, James Weldon Johnson, Natasha Trethewey, W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Lucille Clifton, Michael S. Harper, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many more. Some selectionshere present African Americans embracing wartime service as a way to express citizenship; other selections show black people remaining steadfast in quiet civilian work. Wrestling with their disputed place in American democracy, the courageous writers in this anthology expose and reexamine the foundations of U.S. citizenship.
Contents
From "Colored men have their rights that white men are bound to respect" (1863) / Alexander T. Augusta
From a poem entitled, The Day and the War (1864) / James Madison Bell
My hero (To Robert Gould Shaw) (1915) / Benjamin Griffith Brawley
From Clotelle; or the colored heroine (1867) / William Wells Brown
Crispus attucks (1899) / Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
"I look forward to a brighter day" (1863) / Samuel Cabble
"What country have I?" (1847) ; The War with Mexico (1848) ; Peace! Peace! Peace! (1848) ; Fellow citizens: On slavery and the Fourth of July (1852) ; From How to End the War (1861) / Frederick Douglass
"If I die tonight I will not die a coward" (1863) / Lewis Henry Douglass
Black Samson of Brandywine (1903) ; The Colored Soldiers (1895) ; Robert Gould Shaw (1900) ; Lincoln (1903) / Paul Laurence Dunbar
Life at sea during the French and Indian War (Seven Years' War) (1789) / Olaudah Equiano [Gustavus Vassa]
From Letters from a man of colour on a late bill before the Senate of Pennsylvania (1813) / James Forten
"True manhood has no limitations of color" (1864) / Charlotte Forten Grimké
My country (1834) / Sarah Louisa Forten Purvis
Frederick Douglass speaks before the Anti-Mexican War Abolitionists (2006) ; South of Houston (2006) / Vievee Francis
Black abolitionists declare rights to revolutionary freedom (1777) / Freedom petition to the Massachusetts Council and House of Representatives
From an address to the slaves of the United States of America (1843) / Henry Highland Garnet
It's morning (1940) / Shirley Graham Du Bois
An appeal to my countrywomen (1871) / Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Jefferson in a tight place (1865) / George Moses Horton
De Ol' Sojer (1916) / Fenton Johnson
From "Freedom and fear fighting for the Loyalists" (1798) / Boston King
Memorial wreath (1962) / Dudley Randall
Robert G. Shaw (1910) / Henrietta Cordelia Ray
The reason why (1887) / George Clinton Rowe
Ethiopia's dead (1865) / Sarah E. Shuften
Song of the "Aliened American" (1852) / Joshua McCarter Simpson
Commandeering freedom: Robert Smalls pilots the Confederate ship Planter (1864) / Robert Smalls
"How dare I be offered half the pay of any man, be he white or red?" (1864) / George E. Stephens
A nurse for the 33rd USCT (1902) / Susie Baker King Taylor
Bars fight (1855) / Lucy Terry Prince
Elegy for the Native Guards (2006) / Natasha Trethewey
The Fifty-Fourth at Wagner (1883) / James Monroe Trotter
The valiant soldiers (1878) / Sojourner Truth
From Walker's appeal, in four articles: Together with a preamble to the coloured citizens of the world, but in particular, and very expressly, to those of the United States of America (1829) / David Walker
Letter accompanying a poem to General George Washington (1776) ; His Excellency Gen. Washington (1776) ; On the death of General Wooster (1980) ; Liberty and peace, a poem (1784) / Phillis Wheatley
America (1853) / James Monroe Whitfield
From Hymn to the nation (1877) ; From The end of the whole matter (1877) ; From Twasinta's Seminoles; or, Rape of Florida (1884) / Albery Allson Whitman
1812 (1972) / John A. Williams
The negro should not enter the army (1899) / A.M.E. Church: Voice of Missions
"We don't want these islands" (1900) / A black soldier in the Philippine Islands
Lines (1899) / Samuel Alfred Beadle
Aftermath: a one-act play of negro life (1919) / Mary Burrill
A hero of San Juan (1899) / Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Acquit yourselves like men: An address to colored soldiers at Grays Armory, Cleveland, Ohio (1917) / Charles Waddell Chesnutt
Moloch (1921) / Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr.
From If we must die (1919) / W.A. Domingo
My country 'tis of thee (1907) ; Close ranks (1918) ; A philosophy in time of war (1918) ; Our special grievances (1918) ; Returning soldiers (1919) / W.E.B. Du Bois
The conquerors: the black troops in Cuba (1898) / Paul Laurence Dunbar
Mine eyes have seen (1918) ; I sit and sew (1920) / Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson
A battle in the Philippines (1915) / F. Grant Gilmore
"The colored soldier . . . properly belongs among the bravest and most trustworthy in the land" (1899) / Presley Holliday
The negro soldiers (1917) / Roscoe Conkling Jamison
The new day (1919) / Fenton Johnson
To America (1917) / James Weldon Johnson
'Cruiter (1927) / John F. Matheus
If we must die (1919) / Claude McKay
Address to the Country (1906) / Niagara Movement
From The failure of Negro leadership (1918) / Chandler Owen
The Wife-Woman (1922) / Anne Bethel Spencer
A legend of Versailles (1944) / Melvin Beaunorus Tolson Sr.
The negro soldiers of America: What we are fighting for (1918) / Lucian Bottow Watkins
"Local prejudice, or an official order from Washington" (1982) / Aeron D. Bells
Negro Hero (1945) ; The white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like men (1945) / Gwendolyn Brooks
Guilty (1948) / Ruby Berkley Goodwin
Tar (1945) / Shirley Graham Du Bois
Beaumont to Detroit: 1943 (1943) / Langston Hughes
Black recruit (1948) / Georgia Douglas Johnson
War memoir: jazz, don't listen to it at your own risk (1981) / Bob Kaufman
Negro mother to her soldier son (1943) / Cora Ball Moten
In darkness and confusion (1947) / Ann Lane Petry
"We'd rather die on our knees as a man, than to live in this world as a slave" (1943) / Soldiers at Ft. Logan, Colorado
"An honor to be in the Army and be black, too. We were the beginning." (2004) / Gladys O. Thomas-Anderson
Valaida (1989) / John Edgar Wideman
Heart against the wind (1944) / Gwendolyn Williams
From The black woman in the Civil Rights Struggle (1969) / Ella Baker
My dungeon shook: letter to my nephew on the one hundredth anniversary of the emancipation (1962) / James Baldwin
The sea birds are still alive (1977) / Toni Cade Bambara
From Somebody blew up America (2001) / Amiri Baraka
"We were pioneers" (2004) / Julius W. Becton Jr.
I too, hear America singing (1960) / Julian Bond
From September song: a poem in 7 days (2002) / Lucille Clifton
Liars don't qualify (1961) / Junius Edwards
American history (1970) / Michael S. Harper
"I was sworn into the Army in manacles" (1984) / Robert E. Holcomb
"Uncle Sam didn't do much for me. I am proud of my service." (2004) / Stephen Hopkins
God Bless America (1952) / John Oliver Killens
Strange liberators: A speech at Riverside Church, 4 April 1967 (1967) / Martin Luther King Jr.
Re-creating the scene (1988) ; The one-legged stool (1988) / Yusef Komunyakaa
From Mymerica (2006) / Allia Abdullah Matta
"Pray 4 a quick ending to this" (2004) / Eric Mitchell
"Everything about war was horrible" (2004) / Janet Pennick
"I asked to go to Vietnam" (2004) / Marie Rodgers
From Reflections after the June 12th March for Disarmament (1984) / Sonia Sanchez
'Nam (1972) / John A. Williams.

Additional Information
Subjects American literature -- African American authors.
African Americans -- Literary collections.
African Americans -- History.
War.
War in literature.
Citizenship.
Citizenship in literature.
Publisher Gainesville :University Press of Florida,2015
Contributors Jimoh, A. Yemisi, 1957- editor.
Hamlin, Françoise N., editor.
Language English
Description xxxviii, 543 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-531) and indexes.
ISBN 9780813060224
0813060222
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