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A Black Communist in the Freedom StruggleThe Life of Harry Haywood$
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Harry Haywood and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679058

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679058.001.0001

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A Black Regiment in World War I

A Black Regiment in World War I

(p.33) 2 A Black Regiment in World War I
A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle

Harry Haywood

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, Harry Haywood talks about his experience as a member of a Black regiment that fought in World War I. Because of his bitter encounter with racism in a school in Minneapolis, Haywood quit school and became a part of the small Black community with which he completely identified. Included in the Black community and among his new friends were a relatively large number of mulattoes, the progeny of mixed marriages between Scandinavian women and Black men. It was in Minneapolis that he also reached a heightened stage of racial awareness. When his family moved to Chicago, he became friends with several members of the Eighth Illinois, Black National Guard Regiment. Intrigued by their experiences, he joined the Eighth Regiment in the winter of 1917. He was nineteen at the time. The regiment gave Haywood a feeling of pride.

Keywords:   racism, Harry Haywood, World War I, Minneapolis, Chicago, Eighth Illinois, Black National Guard Regiment, Blacks

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