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Covers early Black aviation, and the struggles and glories of the 99th Fighter Squadron which trained near Tuskegee Institute in Alabama
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Grade 6 Up?Harris's well-researched book is as much a mid-20th century history of race relations in the U.S. as it is an account of the Tuskegee Airmen. The author's unbiased treatment of the Army Air Corps' original all-black unit, the 99th Pursuit Squadron, and of the courageous leadership of Benjamin O. Davis, make compelling reading. Harris begins with an investigation into the tribulations of the pioneers of black aviation and the institutionalized racism during and after World War I. The inception of the Tuskegee Experiment in 1941, as the Air Corps referred to it, and the combat-pilot training skills the airmen received are described in some detail. Interspersed throughout the text are personal testimonies and journal entries that give insight into the realities of wartime and homefront existence for the airmen and their families. In the chapter "Blacks and Whites Together," the author writes about the efforts that finally brought about the integration of the Air Force under its first secretary, Stuart Symington. Harris includes the later successes of Benjamin O. Davis, Charles McGee, and other black airmen. This book is an important inclusion in middle-school libraries as it outlines a chapter in black history that students are clamoring for. Numerous well-positioned black-and-white photographs, maps, and drawings are included on the attractive, well-designed pages.?Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Gr. 6^-9. Harris recounts the story of African American aviators who fought against prejudice in the U.S. in order to become fighter pilots during World War II. She discusses early black fliers and their difficulties recruiting others, which eventually led to the formation of the all-black Ninety-ninth Fighter Squadron. The group trained near Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and eventually flew many successful missions in and around the Mediterranean. Harris emphasizes how racial intolerances prevalent at the time (as well as governmental insistence on separate facilities for blacks and whites) sometimes hindered the team's operation. She also describes the successful postwar efforts to fully integrate the military and includes excerpts from several first-person accounts of the squadron's activities. Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographs and appended with a bibliography of sources, this will make an excellent introduction to a frequently neglected chapter in American history. Kay Weisman
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Book Description Dillon Pr, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0382392175
Book Description Dillon Pr, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0382392175