World War II is a compelling time in world history for a number of different reasons. An often overlooked area of interest is the participation of African Americans in the conflict. The Downs-Jones Library has several books on the subject that highlight the pivotal role that African Americans played in the war.
One such book of note is Blacks and Whites – Together through Hell (U. S. Marines in World War II) by Perry E. Fischer and Brooks E. Gray. First published in 1994, the book offers a firsthand account of the experiences of African American marines serving in World War II. The text includes many original photographs and covers both experiences of white and black soldiers in both basic training and battle. The book outlines many of the hardships experienced by soldiers of all ethnicities during the conflict, but it also provides further examples of the additional challenges, difficulties, and discrimination that African American soldiers faced throughout the period.
If you are interested in African American involvement in World War II, please stop by the library and a librarian can direct you to the relevant section of our collection. You can also check out our LibGuide on the subject here. The LibGuide offers an overview of the topic and will give you an excellent starting point for further research.