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Jeffrey Sammons, history professor at New York University, recounts the first African-American regiment to fight in World War I, the 369th Infantry Regiment. The unit, born out of the 15th New York National Guard, was dubbed the "Harlem Hellfighters," a nickname the author reports the regiment eschewed for the "Harlem Rattlers." Mr. Sammons examines the regiment's leadership, its actions in the field of battle, and the challenges the men faced following the war. Jeffrey Sammons speaks at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.