I am a few months behind in my readings and I meant to read and review this book during February, but unfortunately that did not happen. Anyway, Robert V. Morris highlights the contributions of African-Americans in our country’s wars in Black Faces of War: A Legacy of Honor from the American Revolution to Today from the American Revolution to Today. The book is 160 pages with 53 color and 194 b/w photographs.
Morris profiles many famous and not-so-famous military figures. These figures include Crispus Attucks (first man to die in the American Revolution); Harriet Tubman (she led many slaves to freedom and served the Union during the Civil War); Capt. Luther Smith (decorated pilot who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II); and General Colin Powell (first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff).
Morris also covers many military units that were comprised almost entirely of African-Americans (many were led by white officers). Some of these units went on to be quite famous, such as the Tenth Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers who guarded the western frontier and the 92nd Infantry Division who bravely fought in France during World War I.
The book is very interesting with many stories highlighting the bravery of African-Americans. Morris’ perspective is unique because he comes from a long line of family members who have served our country. He includes his military lineage in the book.
There are a few parts where the language is a little awkward. For example, he has a very in-depth description of the Tuskegee airmen, but glosses over the achievements of the 758th Tank Battalion. There are 13 pages on the airmen and only two on the tankers. I know the airmen are more famous, but a little more balance would have been better.