Tuskegee Airmen

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Tuskegee Airmen
African American pilots in the U.S. military prior to World War II, never existed and were never even thought of prior to WWII; only during was when they officially formed their first group, Tuskegee Airmen. They fought and successfully rose above two wars in their active time, the war overseas and their own war against Racism within America. The Tuskegee Airmen contributed greatly in the United States’ forces and efforts in leading the U.S to be victorious in WWII.
In the beginning, the Tuskegee Airmen were not treated as an average white group of people were; they were at a disadvantage because of lingering Racism throughout the entire country, specifically in the military. They strived and continuously persisted against all odds to be able to serve their nation in the Air Force. Before 1940, they were not allowed to fly in the U.S military, but the rivalry between Europe and Asia during this time gave the African Americans the opportunity to finally become a part of the Airforce Army. It promoted the federal government to increase air defenses and the civilian pilot training program in the United States which was open to African Americans. Initially, they were denied military leadership roles because their superiors as well as the majority of the rest of the men believed they lacked the qualifications for combat duty. It was then when the Civil rights organizations, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Black Press stepped in and exerted pressure for equality resulting in the
“formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama”, the Tuskegee Airmen in 1941 (“Airmen Overview”).
In Tuskegee Macon County, Alabama was the single and only training center f...

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... aircrafts in their time. Likewise they also sunk a German destroyer and permanently put a German torpedo boat out of action due to damages.
The Tuskegee Airmen arose during WWII in the United States’ time of need. Overcoming countless hardships, their persistency to help light the United States’ path to victory proved to be an unforgettable, memorable, time in history. “The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II” (“Airmen Overview”).

Works Cited
“Airmen Overview.” American Visionaries Tuskegee Airmen. Park Net National Park Service, 10
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Haulman, Daniel L. “Tuskegee Airmen.” Encyclopedia of Alabama. Alabama Humanities
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“Tuskegee Airmen.” Historynet.com. Weider History Group, n.d. Web. 9 April 2014.
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