Lost Battalions

The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality

Richard Slotkin

A John Macrae Book

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“A work of stunning density and penetrating analysis . . . Lost Battalions deploys a narrative symmetry of gratifying complexity.”—David Levering Lewis, The Nation
 
During the bloodiest days of World War I, no soldiers served more valiantly than the African American troops of the 369th Infantry—the fabled Harlem Hellfighters—and the legendary 77th “lost battalion” composed of New York City immigrants. Though these men had lived up to their side of the bargain as loyal American soldiers, the country to which they returned solidified laws and patterns of social behavior that had stigmatized them as second-class citizens.

Richard Slotkin takes the pulse of a nation struggling with social inequality during a decisive historical moment, juxtaposing social commentary with battle scenes that display the bravery and solidarity of these men. Enduring grueling maneuvers, and the loss of so many of their brethren, the soldiers in the lost battalions were forever bound by their wartime experience.

Both a riveting combat narrative and a brilliant social history, Lost Battalions delivers a richly detailed account of the fierce fight for equality in the shadow of a foreign war.

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“A landmark account . . . Slotkin has written an extraordinary tale not only of their exploits on the battlefield but of their equally epic social struggle for recognition as worthy Americans untainted by their race and ethnic background.”—Carlo D’Este, author of Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life
 
“An interesting and important book.”—San Francisco Chronicle

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Richard Slotkin

Richard Slotkin is the Olin Professor and the former director of American Studies at Wesleyan University. His previous books include Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln, National Book Award Finalist Gunfighter Nation, and Regeneration Through Violence, also a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Albert J. Beveridge Prize. He lives in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Lost Battalions
The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality
Richard Slotkin

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
December 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466860933
ISBN10: 1466860936
656 pages
$7.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae/Holt Paperbacks Book
October 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805081381
ISBN10: 0805081380
5 11/16 x 8 15/16 inches, 656 pages
$28.99
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