Blacks in the United States Army: Portraits Through History

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Martha S. Putney
McFarland & Company, Jan 1, 2003 - Art - 150 pages
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Pictures can tell a story and portray history in a unique manner. They provide ways of communicating that words cannot. This collection of paintings, drawings and sketches shows how well illustration can chronicle the past. They depict black army personnel at war, as war casualties, at prayer, in peacetime assignments, in training, at play and at leisure, and as military musicians.
From the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War, this reference work is arranged chronologically. Information about the artwork include the title, the time period represented, the artist's name, the year the piece was produced, the size and medium used, and where the original can be found is supplied for each artwork. A narrative accompanies each. Sections are concluded with a list of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients from the war being portrayed. An appendix provides profiles of the artists whose work is represented.

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About the author (2003)

Martha S. Putney was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1916. She received a bachelor's degree in 1939 and a master's degree in history in 1940 from Howard University and a doctorate in European history in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a statistical clerk with the government's War Manpower Commission before entering the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in 1943. She left the WAC in 1946 and returned to her old government job, but was determined to one day tell the story of how black Americans had contributed to World War II. She wrote three books during her lifetime: Black Sailors: Afro-American Merchant Seamen and Whalemen Prior to the Civil War (1987); When the Nation Was in Need: Blacks in the Women's Army Corps During World War II (1992); and Blacks in the United States Army: Portraits Through History (2003). She taught at Bowie State College and Howard University. She died on December 11, 2008 at the age of 92.

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