This essay reviews Matthew F. Delmont’s new book, Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad (2022). The book enriches the ongoing scholarship related to critical race theory and the effects of executive action on the lived experience of Black Americans. Delmont presents a well-woven narrative of the experience of Black American soldiers during World War II. Pieced together from letters, court documents, and articles published during the war, this book sheds light on accounts previously buried beneath a shield of trauma, frustration, and disbelief.
Ainslee Johnson-Brown, Book Review: Half American, Half Amazing: A Review of Half American by Matthew F. Dlemont and an Exploration of Executive Action During World War II and Its Impact on Black Soldiers, 14 ConLawNOW 25 (2023)