Anthony F. GeroBlack Soldiers of New York State:
A Proud Legacy

Anthony F. Gero

Thursday, May 12, 2011
7pm – 8pm

Book Reading and Signing

The heroic saga of New York State's African American soldiers, largely untold, comes to life in these pages. Drawing on a wealth of sources, some newly discovered, author Anthony F. Gero tells of their two centuries of struggle and triumph, beginning with the French and Indian War and continuing until 1950, when the United States Army and New York's National Guard became integrated. Their legacy is vividly illustrated by the heroism of the 369th United States Infantry (previously the 15th New York) during the American advance in the Argonne-Meuse in 1918. Private Dorrance Brooks from New York City was killed in action as he led his company's survivors forward after all its officers had been killed or wounded. Black Soldiers of New York State  demonstrates how in spite of many obstacles--including ongoing prejudice within their own country--the African American soldiers from New York State served courageously and valiantly, winning many commendations and earning the respect of friend and foe alike.

Publisher: State University of New York
Genre: Historical Non-Fiction
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Anthony F. Gero
Adjunct Instructor
State University of New York Press

Anthony F. Gero is an adjunct instructor of History and a Fellow of the Company of Military Historian. He has published over 150 articles on military history on New York State's militia, National Guard, and African-American soldiers. His books include New York State National Guard, Cayugans in the Field 1793-2003: Citizen Soldiers of Cayuga County, and Owasco’s Stories: A Glimpse into Owasco.

Black Soldiers of New York State: A Proud Legacy by Anthony F. Gero


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