Wings on My Feet : Black Ulysses at the Wars
One of the few depictions of African Americans in World War I, Wings on My Feet (1929) follows the tale of Black Ulysses, John Wesley "Left Wing" Gordon, begun in Howard W. Odum's Rainbow Round My Shoulder (IUP, 2006). On one level, the novel continues a symbolic journey of the African American spirit; on another, it tracks the experiences of one black soldier from draft to training, shipping out, landing, fighting, returning stateside, and reintegrating into society. The book also explores broader social issues of race, war, and prejudice. As the subtitle makes clear, it is the story not of one war but the various wars Black Ulysses has endured before, during, and after World War I.
- Paperback | 360 pages
- 139.7 x 208.3 x 20.3mm | 385.56g
- 15 May 2007
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
About Howard W. Odum
Howard W. Odum (1884-1954) was a sociologist, chiefly known in academic circles for his important studies of the South. Others knew him for his collections of black folksongs-The Negro and His Songs (1925) and Negro Workaday Songs (1926) prepared in collaboration with Guy B. Johnson-and for three "novels" based on the life of a black laborer and known collectively as the Black Ulysses Trilogy. Steven C. Tracy is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Table of contents
Introduction by Steven C. Tracy 1. Do You Think I'll Make a Solder? 2. No Hiding-Place 3. This Old World's Rollin' On 4. I Feel Like A Feather in the Air 5. Down Don't Worry Me 6. Gonna Whet My Blade on Kaiser's Hide 7. Me and War Same Thing 8. Boy, Did You Ever Think About Dying? 9. Lord, I Want to Go Home 10. Roll 'Em, Soldier, Roll Them Dice 11. I'm on My Way an' Can't Turn Back 12. Hitch My Mules to Hindenburg Line 13. Never Seen Like Since I Been Born 14. Sun Don't Set This Morning 15. Ain't Nothin' But Me an' War an' World 16. I'm Greyhound Outrunnin' Shadow of Eagle 17. Ain't Gonna Study War No Mo' Chronology Selected Bibliography