And then we heard the thunder

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and then we heard the thunder

And Then We Heard the Thunder by John Oliver Killens

And Then We Heard the Thunder follows the dreams, lies, and anguish of black World War II GI Solomon Sanders during his tour of duty in Indochina, Australia, and the United States. Harvard-trained in the law and a political moderate, Sanders is married to an upper-middle-class black woman who pushes him to make something of himself by becoming an Army officer. Given his credentials, he appears a shoo-in for Officer Candidate School, yet he rejects the opportunity as the vestiges of Jim Crow racism, the strains of war, and his interactions with disgruntled black troops thrust him into black activism. Forced to make common cause with his race rather than with the Army, he and some fellow soldiers write a letter to American newspapers about the poor treatment of blacks in the military. For this outcry, they encounter harassment and further discrimination, resulting in a full-scale battle between black and white troops and a blood-curdling climax to this second novel by acclaimed African American author John Killens.
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Harvard-trained in the law and a political moderate, Sanders is married to an upper-middle-class black woman who pushes him to "make something of himself" by becoming an Army officer. Given his credentials, he appears a shoo-in for Officer Candidate School, yet he rejects the opportunity as the vestiges of Jim Crow racism, the strains of war, and his interactions with disgruntled black troops thrust him into black activism. Forced to make common cause with his race rather than with the Army, he and some fellow soldiers write a letter to American newspapers about the poor treatment of blacks in the military. For this outcry, they encounter harassment and further discrimination, resulting in a full-scale battle between black and white troops and a blood-curdling climax to this second novel by acclaimed African American author John Killens. Convert currency. Add to Basket.

Through his characters, the reader gains a close-to-the-bone account of what it was like to be a Negro soldier fighting in segregated units under racist commanding officers. The story climaxes in a terrifying race riot, which took place on the seedy night streets of South Brisbane in March Here at Walmart.
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And Then We Heard the Thunder

Thank you! Report repeated from the July 15th bulletin, when scheduled for fall, as follows: ""During World War II Solly Saunders, a good-looking Negro law student, leaves his new wife to go to fight and meets racial prejudice at an army training camp in Georgia, but this comes as more of a shock to Saunders than the reader. A love affair with a small town Georgia Negress adds guilt to his already growing list of conflicts; his ambition to be an officer needled by his wife's letters ; divided loyalties with his army friends; and a decision whether to return to law school or become a writer. Official Army prejudice against Negroes is compounded with civilian indignities when Saunders unit is hustled off to a combat zone in the Pacific. The love triangle Solly Saunders' has not yet resolved is perpetuated when his wife dies in childbirth, and he is caught up in a new affair in Australia. Here there is one scene of some power, a war-within-a-war race riot; but on the whole, while the black and white issue remains strong, this fictional account of 'race' and war is poorly put together and achieved through standard stereotypes.

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