- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - A New York University history professor is giving a free talk at an upstate museum about a famous all-black U.S. infantry unit that called itself the “Harlem Rattlers.”

Historian Jeffrey Sammons is co-author of “Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War,” which tells the story of the New York National Guard’s 369th Infantry Regiment during World War I. The regiment also was known as the Harlem Hellfighters, but the soldiers identified themselves instead as the Rattlers and made the rattlesnake their emblem.

Sammons‘ new book, co-authored with John H. Morrow Jr. of the University of Georgia, details how the men of 369th Infantry battled racism at home before joining the fight against Germany in France.

Sammons is speaking Saturday afternoon at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.

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