Author Talk: Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War by Dr. Jeffrey Sammons (Rm2/3)
Friday February 23, 2018
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Celebrating Black History Month
Author.Dr. Jeffrey Sammons and co-author John H. Morrow, Jr. have written the book that is the definitive study of the 369th. Though discussed in numerous histories and featured in popular culture (most famously the film Stormy Weather and the novel Jazz), the 369th has become more a matter of mythology than accurate history. Their book tells the full story of the self-proclaimed Harlem Rattlers also popular known as the Harlem Hellfighters. Combining the "fighting focus" of military history with the insights of social commentary, Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War reveals the centrality of military service and war to the quest for equality as it details the origins, evolution, combat exploits, and postwar struggles of the 369th.
Jeffrey T. Sammons is professor in the Department of History at New York University and the author of Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. Dr. Sammons earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Rutgers College in 1971. He received his Master's degree in history from Tufts University with his Master's degree in history and earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina.
Professor Sammons' books will be available for purchase and signing.
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