This fully illustrated history of the involvement of African Americans in the First World War is very accessible and provides a wealth of information. But above all it shows the hope that the valiant fighting would bring recognition to black Americans. The optimism that pervades the book is, in the author's own words: That a NEW day is dawning; HAS dawned for the Negro in America. A NEW liberty; broader and BETTER. A NEW Justice, unshaded by the spectre of: Previous condition! That the unpaid toil of thirty decades of African slavery in America is at last to be liquidated.