The Sable Doughboys

The Sable Doughboys

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the saga of the Sharps, an African American family, as two sons, Adrian and David, enter an officer training program and eventually become participants in the bloody battles of World War I

Blackwell North Amer
A nickname for the African-American soldiers of World War I, The Sable Doughboys chronicles the Sharps family through the war. Adrian and David Sharps, the sons of Sergeant Major Augustus and Selona Sharps, have become officer candidates in the first Negro officer training program at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, with the 17th Provisional Training Regiment. During training they are faced with violence and brutal attacks from white racists.
The novel also follows Adrian and David Sharps, and their families, to Virginia, where they join the 93rd Division, and to France, where they experience more racial discrimination, endure the horrors of trench warfare, and face death in the battle of the Meuse-Argonne.
The Sable Doughboys is a meticulously researched novel written by a born storyteller who served with distinction in Vietnam.

Baker
& Taylor

Follows the saga of the Sharps, an African-American family, as two sons, Adrian and David, enter an officer training program and eventually become participants in the bloody battles of World War I.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312860400
0312860404
Characteristics: 319 p. : map ; 22 cm

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DeltaQueen50
Sep 06, 2011

The Sable Doughboys is the continuation of the story of a Black American family that was started in The Buffalo Soldiers. The original characters Augustus and Selona Sharps have grown older and now must step aside as they watch their two sons go off to war. It is 1917, and Adrian and David Sharps have been accepted as officer candidates at Fort Des Moines before shipping out to France.

Facing a hard training program designed to weed out the weakest, they also face discrimination and violence from white racists. As they arrive in France as part of the 93rd Division, they experience more racial discrimination from some of their own officers. And yet, as proud Americans they endure the horrors of trench warfare and serve their country well.

Willard continues his well researched, action packed story that focus on one family, and yet traces the military history of Black Americans. An altogether engrossing follow-up to his first book, I am looking forward to the continuation of this family’s history.

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