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Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army

John P. Langellier

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From the American Revolution to the present day, African Americans have stepped forward in their nation’s defense. This book breathes new vitality into a stirring subject, emphasizing the role men who have come to be known as “buffalo soldiers” played in opening the Trans-Mississippi West. This concise overview reveals a cast of characters as big as the land they served. Over 150 images painstakingly gathered nearly a half century from public and private collections enhance the written word as windows to the past.  Now, 150 years after Congress authorized blacks to serve in the Regular Army the reader literally can peer into the eyes of formerly enslaved men who bravely bought their freedom on the bloody battlefields of the Civil War, then trekked westward, carried the "Stars and Stripes" to the Caribbean, and pursued Pancho Villa into Mexico with John “Black Jack” Pershing.

Size: 7" x 10" | 181 color and b/w photos | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350795

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John P. Langellier received his BA and MA in history from the University of San Diego, and his PhD from Kansas State University in military history. He is the author of dozens of books and scores of articles related to military history and the American West including four previous titles for Schiffer Publishing. Langellier has served as a consultant to film and television for such shows as the PBS production For Love of Liberty, hosted by Halle Barry. He co-produced two episodes of A&E’s Time Machine series, “The Buffalo Soldiers” and “The Buffalo Soldiers: The Legend Continues,”  He is an honorary member of the Ninth and Tenth US Horse Cavalry Association, and a Smithsonian Institution fellow.