Film, Video African American Doctors of World War I

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African American Doctors of World War I
Historians W. Douglas Fisher and Joann H. Buckley discuss their book, "African American Doctors of World War I: The Lives of 104 Volunteers." Inspired by his grandfather's diaries and letters, Fisher and Buckley share the stories of the doctors who cared for the 40,000 men of the 92nd and 93rd Divisions, the Army's only black combat units.They bring to light a significant yet overlooked story of African American achievements in World War I. The book was also inspired by the biographical research the authors did for Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s "African American National Biography." In addition to their meticulous research in newspapers and military records, Fisher and Buckley interviewed the doctors' descendants and examined family letters and keepsakes. The doctors began their war service with their assignment to the Medical Officers Training Camp (Colored) at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa--the only one in U.S. history and formed July 1917. From there, they were assigned to one of two divisions. The 92nd "Buffalo" Division fought under American command, primarily as support troops; soldiers of the 93rd served with France's 4th Army, where they experienced a relative lack of racism for the first time in their lives. Some of the doctors profiled rose to prominence after the war; others died young or later succumbed to the economic and social challenges of the times. In addition to being physicians, many became community and civil rights activists. Fisher and Buckley provide an historical and personal account of the lives of these American heroes.
Event Date
May 16, 2017
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Running Time
57 minutes,
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