"Colored Soldiers" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar’s father, Joshua Dunbar, had escaped from a plantation in Kentucky via the Underground Railroad and joined the 55th Massachusetts Regiment of the Union army, serving in the Civil War. Dunbar’s pride in his father’s achievements inspired poems like “Our Martyred Soldiers”, “Whistlin’ Sam”, “W’en Dey ‘Listed Colored Soldiers” and “The Colored Soldiers”. “The Colored Soldiers” praises the brave black men who, like Dunbar’s father, had served in the union army during the Civil War.
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