Drotning's Guide to Negro History in America (1968, p. 792) was a kind of road atlas to places where Negroes had participated, sometimes only tangentially, in American history. This book is a better job, though it still tends to overcompensate for the long oblivion. Starting with the blacks who came as servants to Jamestown, he tells of those who accompanied French missionaries and the conquistadors, the men who fought at Bunker Hill, explored the west, and won medals of honor in all the World Wars. Among them: Cuff Whittemore who faced the redcoats at Lexington and Concord; Benjamin Banneker who helped L'Enfant survey Washington, D.C.; the men of the all-black regiment in the First World War who saw action in France. Drotning writes simply, clearly, though with no special definition.