Porter, Steward, Citizen: An African American's Memoir of World War I

Marriott Conference Center Auditorium

Sunday, 12:00-12:45

Royal Christian chronicled his extraordinary experiences in Europe in 1917, as World War I began, in his memoir, Roy's Trip to the Battlefields of Europe, that was privately published in 1919. Rich in historical details, cultural observations, and political reflections, this book is a vital testimony to the history of African American men participating in World War I. Christian's unique story vividly illustrates how the war helped African American men claim a sense of manhood tied to their military service, and their efforts to transform themselves and their families into full-fledged American citizens.After almost a century, Pellom McDaniels III has unearthed this gem, providing an elegantly annotated edition of Christian's memoir.

Presenters

Pellom McDaniels, III

Pellom McDaniels III is the curator of African American collections in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library at Emory University. He is the author of The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy (2013) and has contributed essays to anthologies such as Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sports Pioneers (2017), The Olympics and Philosophy (2012), and The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers (2017), The Olympics and Philosophy (2012), and All Stars and Movie Stars: Sports in Film History (2010). His first screenplay titled The Prince of Jockeys has been optioned and is in pre-production.

Interviewer

Joe Crespino

Joseph Crespino is the Jimmy Carter Professor of American History at Emory University. He is the author of Strom Thurmond┬╣s America (Hill & Wang, 2012) and In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Princeton, 2007). Crespino is a historian of the twentieth century United States, with expertise in the political history of post-World War II America. His published work has examined the intersections of region, race and religion in American politics in the second half of the twentieth century. He is currently finishing a book titled Atticus Finch, A Biography: Harper Lee, Her Father, and the Making of an American Icon, which will be published by Basic Books in June 2018.