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A rider carried the pamphlet to the Continental Army’s camp on the Delaware. Washington had decided to lead his men across the river late on Christmas night and surprise-attack the Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. In preparation for that desperate crossing, he ordered his officers to gather their men in groups and read Paine’s words aloud." Wm. Hogeland, History.Net Full article
Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was produced by Ebony Doughboys, and written and directed by Robert Child.
"Serving for Justice is about the history of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. It covers a wide swath of black history from the early Jim Crow laws and how the African American experience unfolded in America and how it shaped the men who would go on to fight in World War II," said Director Robert Child.
"Originally produced for the American Embassy in Belgium, this project has grown from that original mission. To say it is timely would be quite an understatement but it goes to show that racial inequality has been with us a long while and has not been addressed properly. Perhaps now more voices are speaking up and positive change will come about. Time will tell. I am pleased, however that the work I have done in this area has continued to be noticed."
The film was produced by Ebony Doughboys, a group of African American living historians who are focused on telling the story of the outstanding record of service of African Americans during the First World War. Founded in 2014, the group is the offshoot of other African American re-enactors who for many years educated and enlightened the public on the involvement of African Americans in World War I. Today, the group forms an overarching structure for African American reenactors who hail from the east coast, the mid-west and the southern United States.
Ebony Doughboys statement:
"As a basis of our historical interpretation, we engage in the extensive research of the role of African Americans during this period by studying and reading personal accounts, archived sources, photographs and other source material. We examine photographs and original garments, accoutrements and weapons to gain a thorough understanding of the original Ebony Doughboys. We strive to reach a consistent, high level of authenticity in our appearance, realizing that as our knowledge grows, our standards for authenticity will also evolve. Members are expected to present themselves to the public with military deportment, an open-mindedness for learning, and a commitment to educating, dispelling myths, and building bridges of understanding."
Review from Amazon.com
"AWESOME INDIE FILM! What a rollercoaster. If you are interested in general history, military history, WWII history, American history, or interested in a great story -- you will want to watch this documentary, and learn about the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. Their story is America's story over the entire 20th Century. The unit was born directly from the triumphs & tragedies of WWI's African-American experience, they endured amazing combat experiences in Normandy & beyond, they were outgunned/outmanned in their desperate fight at the Bulge -- and their legacy of courage sacrifice took seventy years to correct, after the war. To tell the tale, the film makes good use of various elements -- striking expert & participant interviews, rare WWII combat footage, reenactor recreations, etc. -- and delivers the goods. Take the time, watch this movie, and learn about some heroic people -- people that you will not soon forget.
Captain, USN (Retired)
Director of Communication
U.S. World War I Centennial Commission