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We could not fail : the first African Americans in the space program

by Paul, Richard, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 6 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection TL521.312.P39 2015
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Call Number  TL521.312.P39 2015
CLP - Hill District Non-Fiction Collection TL521.312.P39 2015
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction TL521.312.P39 2015
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 629.4 Paul
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CLP - Homewood African American IN TRANSIT
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.The Space Age began just as the struggle for civil rights forced Americans to confront the long and bitter legacy of slavery, discrimination, and violence against African Americans. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson utilized the space program as an agent for social change, using federal equal employment opportunity laws to open workplaces at NASA and NASA contractors to African Americans while creating thousands of research and technology jobs in the Deep South to ameliorate poverty. We Could Not Fail tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of how shooting for the stars helped to overcome segregation on earth.

Richard Paul and Steven Moss profile ten pioneer African American space workers whose stories illustrate the role NASA and the space program played in promoting civil rights. They recount how these technicians, mathematicians, engineers, and an astronaut candidate surmounted barriers to move, in some cases literally, from the cotton fields to the launching pad. The authors vividly describe what it was like to be the sole African American in a NASA work group and how these brave and determined men also helped to transform Southern society by integrating colleges, patenting new inventions, holding elective office, and reviving and governing defunct towns. Adding new names to the roster of civil rights heroes and a new chapter to the story of space exploration, We Could Not Fail demonstrates how African Americans broke the color barrier by competing successfully at the highest level of American intellectual and technological achievement.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* At a time when so much national attention was focused on the tumult of the civil rights era, of African Americans securing the most basic rights of citizenship, several black men were pioneering in the space industry. Paul and Moss chronicle the particular paths of these men, working in the civilian or military space programs, who have mostly been lost to obscurity. A major challenge for them was the fact that so much of the burgeoning space industry was located in the South, an area not welcoming of black ambition. Julius Montgomery, Frank Crossley, Otis King, Ed Dwight, and George Carruthers were among the engineers, technicians, mathematicians, astronomers, and astronaut candidates whose tactics did not consist of protests, marches, or lawsuits but of dogged concentration and determination to be a part of historic developments, even if behind the scenes. The authors also examine how the Kennedy and Johnson administrations used the space program to advance technology, develop the South economically, and push for equal employment opportunity through NASA. This account of 10 pioneers, told against the backdrop of the civil rights era, highlights the intersection of technology and race in U.S. history, continuing innovations in technology, and the struggle of minorities to participate.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- History.
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Rules and practice -- History.
African American professional employees -- Biography.
African American engineers -- Biography.
African American astronauts -- Biography.
Discrimination in employment -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Race discrimination -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher Austin :2015
Edition First edition.
Other Titles First African Americans in the space program
Contributors Moss, Steven, 1962- author.
Language English
Description x, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780292772496
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