The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters

Graphic Novel - 2014
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"This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307464972
0307464970
Branch Call Number: BROOKS M GN
Characteristics: 257 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: White, Caanan

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AL_CODY Jul 20, 2017

This was a fascinating look at a group of African American soldiers who fought in World War I. A story I don't think a lot of people know, but, one that begs to be told. Even though they weren't respected at home, they were thought of highly by the French and feared by the Germans (they got their nickname from the Germans). Max Brooks does a fantastic job telling this story!

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adiaj
May 09, 2017

I did NOT anticipate enjoying or appreciating this book as much as I did. I originally got it for my son , because I keep trying to find ways to get him to read more books with black characters or about black history. He read it in a day. I figured I'd read it as well. I was blown away. I don't typically read graphic novels or war centered books, so I read it for curiosity's sake. But I loved it. I borrowed it from the library, but will DEFINITELY be adding this to our home library. SOON!

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skyekilaen
Sep 06, 2016

The Harlem Hellfighters was the nickname for the the 369th infantry regiment in World War I, which was all African-American. They were reviled by many whites in their own military, under-supplied, often humiliated by their own superiors, and spent more time in combat then any other U.S. unit. However they fought tremendously well and were highly decorated.

This book discusses not just the specific experience and history of the men in this unit, but the war itself. It's not like bombs, gas, or even the lice that tormented them discriminate between soldiers based on their skin color. Canaan White's drawing here don't flinch from some of the horrors. But what they go through also brings us closer to these heroic warriors as Brooks tells us their individual stories.

Really glad this exists!

cmlibrary_mharris May 03, 2016

Y'all, this was such a FANTASTIC book! I didn't expect to like it so much, looking at the cover. First, graphic novels are kind of hit or miss with me; second, the guys on the cover look so very angry.

Turns out The Harlem Hellfighters is based on the very true story of the 369th regiment- the first all-black regiment to fight in WWI. And I love history stuff! The book didn't shy away from showing horrific battles and trench conditions in France, but balanced it with scenes and background of black life in America at the time. I could see this being a great resource in history classrooms in high schools. The art is black-and-white pen and very clear. The dialogue is very "real," including giving the characters some slang. The history is all accurate; the only thing fictionalized is the exact dialogue between characters. Very appealing!

Mark_Daly Feb 12, 2015

Taken from a screenplay, the story vivdly dramatizes the violence of racism amid the horrors of trench warfare. The high-contrast art can be difficult to follow.

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Apr 20, 2017

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