Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

Paperback | January 26, 2012

byJ. Todd Moye

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In this inspiring account of the Tuskegee Airmen - the country's first African American military pilots - historian J. Todd Moye captures the challenges and triumphs of these brave aviators in their own words, drawing on more than 800 interviews recorded for the National Park Service'sTuskegee Airmen Oral History Project.Denied the right to fully participate in the U.S. war effort alongside whites at the beginning of World War II, African Americans - spurred on by black newspapers and civil rights organizations such as the NAACP - compelled the prestigious Army Air Corps to open its training programs to blackpilots, despite the objections of its top generals. Thousands of young men came from every part of the country to Tuskegee, Alabama, in the heart of the segregated South, to enter the program, which expanded in 1943 to train multi-engine bomber pilots in addition to fighter pilots. By the end of thewar, Tuskegee Airfield had become a small city populated by black mechanics, parachute packers, doctors, and nurses. Together, they helped prove that racial segregation of the fighting forces was so inefficient as to be counterproductive to the nation's defense.Freedom Flyers brings to life the legacy of a determined, visionary cadre of African American airmen who proved their capabilities and patriotism beyond question, transformed the armed forces - formerly the nation's most racially polarized institution - and jump-started the modern struggle forracial equality.

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In this inspiring account of the Tuskegee Airmen - the country's first African American military pilots - historian J. Todd Moye captures the challenges and triumphs of these brave aviators in their own words, drawing on more than 800 interviews recorded for the National Park Service'sTuskegee Airmen Oral History Project.Denied the rig...

J. Todd Moye is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Oral History Program at the University of North Texas. A historian of the American civil rights movement, he directed the National Park Service's Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project from 2000 to 2005. He served as a consultant for the George Lucas-produced film ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199896550

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Prologue: "This is Where You Sit"1. The Use of Negro Manpower in War2. The Black Eagles Take Flight3. The Experiment4. Combat on Several Fronts5. The Trials of the 477th6. Integrating the Air ForceEpilogue: "Let's Make it a Holy Crusade All Around"NotesNote on SourcesBibliography

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"An excellent history of the first African-American military pilots.... Moye's lively prose and the intimate details of the personal narratives yield an accessible scholarly history that also succeeds as vivid social history." --Publishers Weekly