by Carroll Case
The book that breaks a news story...
The Slaughter uncovers what is arguably the single worst racial atrocity in American history - the heinous killing of more than 1,200 black soldiers on an Army base in southwestern Mississippi during World War II. The perpetrator was none other than the United States Army itself. Over 13 years of research and eyewitness interviews led author Carroll Case to expose the 55-year government cover-up of the slaughter.
The book includes recently declassified government documents as well as letters written by the soldiers pleading for help just prior to the massacre. As Corporal Anthony J. Smirely, Jr., a member of the 364th Infantry Regiment stationed at Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi, wrote on May 31st, 1943: "I beg of you to please, from my heart, please do something for the fellows and myself who are among the unfortunate to be in this State of blood-Negro blood- that is constantly flowing in the streets."
As a direct result of this book's publication, Congressman Bennie Thompson has called upon Secretary of Defense William Cohen for a full investigation. The NAACP has demanded an immediate response from the Secretary of the Army about the atrocity.
"I beg of you to please, from my heart, please do something for the fellows and myself who are among the unfortunate to be in this State of blood—Nergo blood—that is constantly flowing in the streets."
From Corporal Anothony J. Smirely, Jr.
Co. H, 364th Infantry
Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi
May 31th, 1943
Hardback: 300 pages