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Read reviews that mention dean myers walter dean harlem hellfighters men american. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I am a middle school reading teacher with a very diverse class. Walter Dean Myers is a writer I can rely upon to deliver books my students want to read and can see themselves in the book.

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That this books sheds light on the service of African American men in WWII gives them access to history that usually is not found in the history books. Sadly I found out about these Heroes while looking up comic book ideas. I am glad I learned about them. I bought the book and opened it on a warm Saturday morning and did not close it until I finished the book that afternoon.

History is always interesting especially when it has all the proof and other cross references to back it up. This book is from a school library, so written for middle school readers. I needed to brush up on some WWI history. I got the names significant leaders involved with the Harlem Hellfighters, the racial issues these men faced in the U. It was a fast read that I enjoyed. Great history book for 10 and above.

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The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage by Walter Dean Myers

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Harlem Hellfighters , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Harlem Hellfighters. Lists with This Book. Jan 08, Pam Williams rated it it was ok. I chose this book for my Battle of the Books nonfiction selection because it was co-written by Walter Dean Myers and was about the first black army division which fought in WWI.

I was so disappointed by it and the fact that I'm forcing my students to read it. It's not well written and requires some work to slog through. Mar 13, Tommy C rated it really liked it. It was a very in-depth book about these fighters and there day to day struggle in and outside of America. This book really shows you everything about them and their lives. It is a well-written book on a subject that's hard to find information on. I loved the photographs. They show men proud to serve their country and make democracy safe for the world, while this same democracy was denied to them. Telling the story of real people made this book come alive.

Apr 24, Albert Wiley rated it really liked it. Loved reading this book.

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Learned a lot about a part of history that can get lost. Feb 15, Anna Piranha rated it it was amazing. Really quite a short read. Very informative though and I'd highly recommend it for those who are looking for a deeper understanding of history. Mar 03, Alicia rated it liked it Shelves: The details of the story of the Harlem Hellfighters is what makes it a comprehensive look at this group born through World War I.

I was blown-away by the references and short story of Henry Johnson from Albany, NY, knowing that it could be used to bolster the information that students hear from living here, but also stories about German tactics, trench warfare, and situations regarding who would lead, fight, and how they would organize. Likewise, I thought the book could have ended less abruptly. It seemed like the war was over, the parade happened, Miles threw in a bit about the race riots and the book was done.

It would have served the book better to have a more complete conclusion. Overall a good nonfiction read focusing on overcoming obstacles and national pride. Feb 16, Charles Martin rated it liked it Shelves: Walter Dean Myers focuses primarily on the African American experience in his writing, and this nonfiction text is no exception. The book is full of various pictures, memos, quotations, letters, posters, etc. The second half of the text is much more personal and engaging than the first half -- which I credit to the inclusion of more specific anecdotal stories about specific soldiers.

I still feel the book only scratches the surface about the experience; Walter Dean Myers focuses primarily on the African American experience in his writing, and this nonfiction text is no exception. I still feel the book only scratches the surface about the experience; however, it is a wonderful text for middle school students learning about World War I or African Americans in history.

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The story of the Navy's first black master diver. The movie would provide visual images and behaviors that might shed light on the surface descriptions of racism in the military in the Myers text. All in all, this book is a great addition to anyone's WWI-related library -- perfect for helping students understand racism in and out of the military. Mar 10, James rated it liked it. The best parts are the chapters that establish the context for the story of the regiment.

Complex issues and grim realities are presented in an age-appropriate way, without dumbing-down or sentimentalism - no mean feat, judging by the much of the Solid little history of the th Infantry Regiment, an all-black American National Guard unit that served under French command in WWI.

The actual relation of the wartime exploiits of the Hellfighters, oddly enough, gets a little tedious. I guess that's not so odd, though. Maybe combat, like sex,though in itself inherently interesting, is hard to write interestingly about. The imposition of order that writing presumes, is, perhaps, antithetical to the anarchic nature of the experience. But I wax pompous. Feb 03, Serena rated it liked it. Miles writes the preface to the book and talks about his personal connection to the unit and Harlem, eventually becoming the unit historian.

Read the full review: Jan 22, Hisham itani rated it really liked it. Apr 13, Khadijah Visor rated it it was ok. The book was okay, it had a lot of information thrown together about the men and what happened in Europe. It was a little organized but it kind of went off topic at times. It had a lot of history and facts that were important to know but it felt as if i was reading a history book instead of a children's book giving me insight on the story in a way that would interest me and keep my attention. Feb 16, B rated it liked it Shelves: A history of the Harlem Hellfighters, a black military regiment who were organized and trained to fight in World War I.

The photography as well the reproductions of posters, military letters, etc.