DFL Hosts Talk on Dec. 7 on Black WWI Regiment

Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War author speaks with Hamilton Fish

On Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., author Jeffrey T. Sammons and the Desmond-Fish Library board president, Hamilton Fish, will give a presentation on Sammons’ new book, Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality.

The book explores the legacy of the 369th Regiment, New York’s first black National Guard unit, which fought in World War I with Capt. Hamilton Fish, founder of the Desmond-Fish Library. Sammons will share the details of Capt. Fish’s role in the complex history of the groundbreaking and highly decorated military unit. The program is being held at the Desmond-Fish Library, at the corner of Routes 9D and 403 in Garrison, and is free and open to the public.

Sammons is a professor in the Department of History at New York University, where he has taught since 1989. He began his academic career at the University of Houston and as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town before being named, in 1987, a Henry Rutgers Research Fellow at Rutgers University-Camden where he completed Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. Sammons has also taught at Princeton University and at Hollins University as a Jessie Ball du Pont Scholar.

For more information, call 845-424-3020 or visit desmondfishlibrary.org.

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