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Research by Cadet Fredrick Walker, VMI Class of 2015

Kerlin, Robert T. The Camp-Life of the Third Regiment. Kansas City, MO: Hudson- Kimberly Pub., 1898. Print.

This book is almost entirely comprised of letters written by soldiers in the camp of the Third Missouri Volunteers during the Mexican-American War. All, but two of the chapters in this book are unedited personal letters. In this text, Kerlin (an Army chaplain serving with the unit) attempts to explain what camp-life was like from the point of view of someone who has “seen it all”. Kerlin opens this text with the Preface describing its contents. Immediately following the Preface is the Valedictory in which Kerlin remembers the regiment’s fallen historian and himself bids farewell to the soldiers that he has camped with. This book would be useful for someone researching the camp-life of soldiers during the era of the Mexican-American War. It would also be helpful to those studying the history of the United States Army National Guard or the United States military as a whole. A writer could easily compare the issues discussed by soldiers from the late 19th century with those contemplated by soldiers in both the 20th and 21st century US military.

Kerlin, Robert T. Negro Poets and Their Poems. Washington, D.C.: Associated, 1923. Print.

In this text, Kerlin provides a brief history of the development of the African-American cultural identity through various forms of poetry by a variety of authors. Each of the eight chapters is centered on a particular aspect of poetry. For example, the first chapter discusses the history and development of African-American songs (to include the spiritual and the secular). Latter chapters include discussion on the works of various poets such as J. Mord Allen, W.E.B. DuBois, and Roscoe C. Jamison. This writing would be helpful for those researching the life of Dr. Robert T. Kerlin or even the history of African-American slave songs. This would also be a fine choice for researching African-American poets and their part in the history of the United States. This book might also be used to expose the fan of poetry to the texts and titles of some poems that they may not have previously known of or read.

Kerlin, Robert T. The Voice of the Negro: 1919. New York: Arno and the New York Times, 1968. Print.

In the words of Kerlin, “Virtually the entire Afro-American press, consisting of two dailies, a dozen magazines, and nearly three hundred weeklies” is drawn upon in this text. He seeks to present not only the voice of the Negro, but also the heart and mind of the African-American community as well. This text is composed mostly of newspaper and magazine articles that seek to answer the American race question. This text is divided into ten sections organized by topic (such as “The Colored Press, “The Negro’s Reaction to the World War”, and “Riots”) which include brief introductions. This compilation would be extremely beneficial to any researcher who is studying the African-American population’s view on race both in the past and in the present. Because it was written in the months that followed the Washington DC Race Riot of 1919, it would be a wonderful resource for anyone researching that event.