Friday, March 11, 2016

Graphic Novels Are For Everyone! The Harlem Hellfighters

During the month of March, we are encouraging everyone to check out our graphic novel collection. We have titles for kids, teens, and adults—something for everyone. To do our part, Fine Print writers will be reviewing their favorites all through March. We hope you enjoy our selections and come see more of what your Library has to offer.

My selection this month is:  

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, illustrated by Caanan White.

"In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy."  from the back cover.  

This graphic novel is special in several different ways:  it is about World War I, which is often overlooked by both writers and readers alike.  And it is about a part of African-American history that very few people know about.  It is full of action and violence and it will make you angry. It is also about courage, perseverance, and hope for a better future--without war and without racism.

Let graphic novels open your eyes to more than just super heroes!

The following men fought with the 369th:

Benjamin O. Davis Sr., first African-American
general (1941) in the US Armed Forces.

Hamilton Fish III, New York Congressman

Henry Johnson, first recipient of the
Croix de Guerre (French Cross of War).

Myles A. Paige, the first African American to
serve as a City Magistrate in New York City
Spotswood Poles, referred to as "the black Ty Cobb" for his prowess
in the professional Negro baseball leagues in the early 20th century.

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