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The Invisible Soldier

The Experience of the Black Soldier, World War II

Compiled and Edited by Mary Penick Motley with a Foreword by Colonel Howard Donovan Queen, USA (Ret.)

African American Studies, American History, Autobiography, Race and Ethnicity

Paperback
Published: December 1987
ISBN: 9780814319611
Pages: 368 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 30 black and white images
Review

A carefully edited, unique contribution to our understanding of the black experience in America.

— The Library Journal

By turns shocking, nightmarish, despairing, bitterly ironic, and, in rare instances, full of laughter, the fifty-five oral histories in The Invisible Soldier add a significant chapter to black history. The interviews disclose the brutality of the unseen wars black servicemen fought when confronted with the official army policy of segregation and by attitudes in southern communities, as well as overseas.

Mary Penick Motley was born and raised in Detroit and is contemporary of the men whose oral histories she recorded. Mrs. Motley attended the University of Michigan for two years until severe illness forced her withdrawal. She maintains an active interest in American history, music—particularly opera—and young people. Her Africa: Its Empires, Nations and People, a book for young adults, was published by Wayne State University Press in 1969.

A fascinating collection . . . The book will interest general readers besides taking its place as a valuable reference tool.

– Publishers Weekly

The cumulative effect of these interviews is staggering . . . A carefully edited, unique contribution to our understanding of the black experience in America.

– The Library Journal