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Capture and winning countless decorations Though they returned as heroes this African American unit The Harlem Kindle 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 democracyI. The facts of the story one of the most decorated units of the war who were not given full respect by the US military leadership during the Jim Crow era are highly compelling The treatment by Brooks is good and the cameos by Eugene Bullard who s currently being treated in comic form in the pages of the Washington Post comics section and James Reese Europe The King of Jazz are nice touches White is an accomplished artist and the illustrations are strong It may be a personal issue but I find that his line is a little heavy with the result that the action in the black and white panels is sometimes hard to follow This is especially true in the battle scenes which from a distance appear to be a mass of fragmented shadows

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N THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg South Carolina to the trenches in France they tell the heroic story of the th in an action packed and powerful tale of honor and hear. Hard to believe there is still resistance by many prominent Americans to bring the true history of the United States of America to the world Many choose to still wear blinders and sanitize events that took place and are still occurring to subjugate and repress a significant portion of its population and to deny those people their part in American history and world events Read the author s note I m not a big fan of graphic novels but I am grateful to the author to use whatever vehicle was available to tell this story Shame on members of the print and visual media who passed on this great opportunity My African American grandfather served in France in WWI but he never talked about his service When asked about his service his countenance would cloud and a frown would come over his face and he would say he didn t want to talk about it Max Brooks has done me a personal favor and a favor to all Americans who want to know the truth Being a graphic novel it leaves little to the imagination about the injustices suffered by these brave black Americans and the horrors of war I was thankful it is printed in black and white I encourage every American to read this It is appropriate for high schoolers and adults The bibliography is a valuable source for further reading on these forgotten hidden heroes

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From bestselling author Max Brooks the riveting story of the highly decorated barrier breaking historic black regiment the Harlem HellfightersIn the th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I They had spent time in combat than any other American unit never losing a foot of ground to the enemy or a man to. I love it when graphic novels are used to tell personal or historical stories it s true that they are not just for superheroes Max Brooks said he has been fascinated by the African American infantry regiment known as the Harlem Hellfighters since he first learned about them in 5th grade The Hellfighters were honored for their service in World War IWe spent 191 days in combat Longer than any American unit white or black In all that time we never lost a trench to the enemy or a man to capture We became one of the most decorated units black or white in the entire American Expeditionary Force Despite being forbidden to fight with our own army despite imported prejudice from our own government despite the insults and restrictions and every possible attempt to repress them sternly despite being set up to fail we not only stopped Germany s best from taking Paris but also helped drive them all the way back to their Fatherland And when that damn war finally ended we became the first soldiers of any army of any color to reach the Rhine RiverFor years Brooks author of the best selling World War Z tried to get a movie made about the Hellfighters but the studios weren t interested and said there wasn t a market for it Finally Brooks had the idea to write the story in graphic novel form and it worked spectacularly well The incredible artwork by Caanan White shows the horror of that War to End All Wars and of the fierce spirit of the men who fought in it We see the rats in the trenches the gas and barbed wire of No Man s Land the damage that a machine gun could do to the human body and the shell shock of the soldiersIn addition to the war scenes we also get stories of the racism the Hellfighters experienced while they were training in the American South It wasn t until they served along side the French that they were treated like euals And yet back in the States they were still thought of as inferiorWe d been getting news from home Bigotry and violence were getting worse not better Lynch mobs race riots black civilians were still dying at the hands of their fellow Americans And here we were spilling our blood losing our friends seeing things doing things the likes of which can change a man foreverThere is an upbeat end to the story in that the Harlem Hellfighters had a parade in their honor on February 17 1919 More than a million New Yorkers came out to welcome them homeI would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in World War I or in African American history If you want to read graphic novels some of my favorite personal andor historical ones are the Maus books by Art Spiegelman Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Nat Turner by Kyle Baker Blankets by Craig Thompson Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and Guy Delisle s Burma Chronicles and Pyongyang


10 thoughts on “The Harlem Hellfighters

  1. says:

    I love it when graphic novels are used to tell personal or historical stories it's true that they are not just for superheroes Max Brooks said he has been fascinated by the African American infantry regiment known as the Harlem Hellfighters since he first learned about them in 5th grade The Hellfighters were honored for their service in World War IWe spent 191 days in combat Longer than any American unit white or blac

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    RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOLActual rate 35The Harlem Hellfighters is a uick and yet very educational reading This is the story of an African American regiment and the hardly given acknowledgment of their brave actions during the fi

  3. says:

    I'm afraid the ratings may be inflated on this book because of the subject matter First of all I find WWI stories fascinating right off the bat So I was ready to like this one alot before I even started Second I think there

  4. says:

    This is one of those books that blurs the boundary between kid's picture books and YA ish graphic novels It's being called a graphic novel by many folks on GR not sure if it is advertised that way but is shaped like a picture book an

  5. says:

    The facts of the story one of the most decorated units of the war who were not given full respect by the US military leadership during the Jim Crow era are highly compelling The treatment by Brooks is good and the cameos by Eugene Bullard who's currently being treated in comic form in the pages of the Washington Post comics section and James Reese Europe The King of Jazz are nice touches White is an accomplished artist

  6. says:

    This is an excellent book and should be reuired reading in the schools Despite the Racism that these men endured these men have left a lasting mark on history and proven that there is indeed honor and courage Thank you Mr Brooks for telling this story

  7. says:

    Written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Caanan White in black and white photo journalist style and very dramatic in all respects Brooks is the

  8. says:

    Hard to believe there is still resistance by many prominent Americans to bring the true history of the United States of America to the world Many choose to still wear blinders and sanitize events that took place and are still occurring to subjugate and repress a significant portion of its population and to deny those peo

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    Historical fiction packaged as a graphic novel An important story the trials and successes of black American soldiers in WWI introducing plenty