The "Tuskegee Airmen"—the first African American pilots to serve in the U.S. military—were comprised of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the 332nd Fighter Group, and the 477th Bombardment Group, all of whose members received their initial training at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama. Their successful service during World War II helped end military segregation, which was an important step in ending Jim Crow laws in civilian society.
This volume in Greenwood's Landmarks of the American Mosaic series depicts the Tuskegee Airmen at the junction of two historical trends: the growth of airpower and its concurrent development as a critical factor in the American military, and the early stirring of the Civil Rights Movement. Tuskegee Airmen explains how the United States's involvement in battling foes that represented a threat to the American way of life helped to push the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to allow African American soldiers to serve in the Army Air Corps. This work builds on the works of others, forming a synthesis from earlier studies that approached the topic mostly from either a "black struggles" or military history perspective.
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AFTER SEEING THE MOVIE, I WANTED TO KNOW IN WHICH PARTS OF ITALY THE 99TH WAS STATIONED. THIS BOOK EXCERPT GAVE ME THE TOWNS: SULMONA, TRIGNO, ANZIO.
HAVING LIVED BRIEFLY IN ITALY, I KNEW ANZIO, ON THE COAST NEAR ROME. NEXT TO GOOGLE MAPS TO LOOK UP THE OTHERS!!
THANX FOR THE INFO. YES, I'D LIKE TO READ THIS BOOK!
PS: I THOUGHT THIS MOVIE WAS GREAT & ACCOMPLISHED ITS GOAL OF PORTRAYING HOW HARD IT WAS TO BE FIGHTING THE GERMANS FROM THEIR OLD AIRCRAFT WHILE BATTLING THE UNJUST BIGOTRY OF SOME GENERALS.