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Blacks in the Army Air Forces During World War II

The Problems of Race Relations



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Blacks in the Army Air Forces During World War II: The Problems of Race Relations by Alan M. Osur
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This book is based upon a PhD dissertation written by an Air Force officer who studied at the University of Denver. Currently an Associate Professor of History at the Air Force Academy, Major Osur's account relates how the leadership in the War Department and the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) tried to deal with the problem of race and the prejudices which were reflected in the bulk of American society. It tells a story of black racial protests and riots which such attitudes and discrimination provoked. The author describes many of the discriminatory actions taken against black airmen, whose goal was equality of treatment and opportunities as American citizens. He also describes the role of black pilots as they fought in the Mediterranean theater of operations against the Axis powers. In his final chapters, he examines the continuing racial frictions within the Army Air Forces which led to black servicemen protests and riots in 1945 at several installations. Despite these problems, the author concludes that the Army Air Forces made substantial progress in race relations and in opening up additional career opportunities for black airmen in the post-1945 period. JOHN W. HUSTON, Maj. Gen., USAF Chief, Office of Air Force History
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June 1st, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
University Press of the Pacific
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