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

by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

Published by Walker, 1995
136 pages
ISBN: 0802782922

Ages 11-14

The McKissack's write a testament to dreams and ability in a history of the Tuskegee Airmen, the only African-American pilots to fly in World War II. Opening chapters on the history of human flight and of African-Americans in the U.S. military set the stage for the hopes and struggles embraced and endured by the Red-Tail Angels and their supporters as they fought racist attitudes for the right to learn to fly in the U.S. military and, later, for the chance to use their skills in the war that was raging overseas, where they earned an outstanding reputation for their abilities. The text is illustrated with black-and-white photographs from archives and personal collections: the faces of pioneers. CCBC categories: HISTORICAL PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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