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Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1170L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802782922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802782922
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The McKissacks (Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters) add to their distinguished explorations of African American history with a well-researched, informative look at the only all-black flying unit to serve in WWII. Established in 1941, the pilot-training program at Tuskegee, Ala., had been designed as an "experiment," without full military support to ensure its success and with many officers predicting utter failure. Despite segregated facilities at the base, hostile reactions from the locals and other demoralizing conditions, the aviators trained at Tuskegee went on to fly hundreds of missions over North Africa and Europe. They were known as Red Tails for the designs on their planes; they earned the nickname Red-Tail Angels with their reputation for staying with the bomber planes they escorted. The pilots of the 332nd division, the McKissacks point out, never lost a bomber-a record unmatched by any other group in the Army Air Force. As the McKissacks outline the history of the squadron, they also tell the larger story of racial tension and bigotry in the U.S. Numerous photos, from both military archives and individual fliers, depict the pilots and their deeds. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-The prolific McKissacks have collaborated once again to produce yet another well-crafted, thoroughly researched account of a little-known facet of African American history. Red-Tail Angels is much more than just the story of the black "Tuskegee Airmen" who served with distinction in segregated squadrons and bombardment and fighter groups under white commanding officers during the Second World War. The authors also present necessary background information that delineates the black experience in the military from the Revolutionary War through World War I. Readers learn that, "Despite their performance and character, black soldiers were not accepted by the military or by the civilian communities to which they returned." The narrative continues with historical information about flight in the U.S., women and blacks in aviation, and West Point cadets who faced tremendous odds in their struggle to become commissioned officers in the army. The rest of the coverage moves year-by-year from 1940-1945 with an epilogue for the years 1946-1948. It was, conclude the authors, the Tuskegee Airmen and their predecessors who helped create more "open doors" for the black airmen and airwomen of today and the future. This attractive book has a wonderful collection of seldom-seen historical photos and an extensive bibliography of secondary and primary sources (interviews). A lively, compelling addition to any collection.?David A. Lindsey, Lakewood High and Middle School Libraries, WA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent companion piece for use by middle and high schools teaching about social conditions and history of pre-post WWII. The introduction gives details about not only Af-Americans interested in flight, but also women, and is the first book I've seen that talks about the sister of the Wright brothers. Good overall details about the first Black fighter pilots who rose above all criticism to become heroes during the war in Europe and were the forerunners of the Civil Rights Movement by creating the first executive order to end racial segregation.
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By Sahana on June 28, 2013
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A student requested books on Tuskagee Airmen, and this was great for a short history on them. The book is wonderful for Black History and an inspiration to African Americans, as the stories are about those who helped America in multiple wars.
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By redfltldr on June 21, 2013
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Great book, received in better condition then advertised. A lot of good info on the Tuskegee Airmen. A perfect addition to my Tuskegee collection
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This is a beautiful book,filled with photos,recollections and the history,of a "lost" part of history.A real "must" for WW II buffs.
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