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Written by:
Roy Underwood Plummer, American, 1896 - 1966  Search this
Published by:
Stanton and Van Vliet Co., American, ca. 1905 - ca. 1927  Search this
cloth , ink on paper
H x W x D (closed): 5 9/16 × 3 11/16 × 11/16 in. (14.1 × 9.4 × 1.7 cm)
Place used:
France, Europe
World War I diary of Roy Underwood Plummer. The hardback book has a green cloth cover with black lettering that reads [ARMY AND NAVY / DIARY / FRENCH-ENGLISH WORDS / AUTOGRAPHS OF COMRADES]. The first page bears a handwritten inscription that reads [Roy Underwood Plummer / With Best Wishes / From / Your Sincere Friend / Albert L. Boddy / Xmas 1917.] At the front of the diary is an English-French Vocabulary section. This is followed by pages for Addresses of Home Friends and Autographs of Comrades. Plummer's first entry was made on December 15, 1917, and his final entry on June 5, 1919. The final entry reads [Honorably discharged. / Buy ticket for Washington, D.C., arriving / there early the / morning of the 6th.] The diary entries discuss several topics including Plummer’s insights on relations between US and French soldiers and citizens, segregation, the 1918 flu epidemic, weather conditions, food and places that he visited, African American companies and their bands that provided entertainment, German prisoners of war, the study of French language by African American soldiers, and the racial conflict between U.S. servicemen.
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African American  Search this
Band (Music)  Search this
International affairs  Search this
Language  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Men  Search this
Race relations  Search this
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World War I  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the family of Robert L. Plummer, Sr.
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Public domain
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