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Author Paul, Richard, 1959- author.

Title We could not fail : the first African Americans in the space program / Richard Paul & Steven Moss
Published Austin, Texas : University of Texas Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource (313 pages) : illustrations, photographs
Contents A man of firsts: Julius Montgomery -- "There was a lot of history there": Theodis Ray -- Stronger than steel: Frank Crossley -- Dixie's role in the Space Age -- First of race in space: Ed Dwight -- The view from space: George Carruthers -- "Huntsville, it has always been unique": Delano Hyder and Richard Hall -- The country spartacus: Clyde Foster -- Water walkers: Morgan Watson and George Bourda -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Relevant census numbers on employed professional and skilled labor for NASA host states
Summary "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."--Publisher information
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject 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
SUBJECT United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration fast
Subject 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
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Engineering (General)
HISTORY -- United States -- 20th Century.
African American astronauts
African American engineers
African American professional employees
Discrimination in employment
Parliamentary practice
Race discrimination
United States
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Moss, Steven, 1962- author.
ISBN 9780292772502