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NASA and the long civil rights movement (2019)


As NASA prepared for the launch of Apollo 11 in July 1969, many African American leaders protested the billions of dollars used to fund "space joyrides" rather than help tackle poverty, inequality, and discrimination at home. This volume examines such tensions as well as the ways in which NASA's goal of space exploration aligned with the cause of racial equality. Essays provide new insights into the complex relationship between the space program and the civil rights movement in the Jim Crow South and abroad. NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement offers important lessons from history as today's activists grapple with the distance between social movements like Black Lives Matter and scientific ambitions such as NASA's mission to Mars.

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Review Neil M. Maher (2021) Review of "NASA and the long civil rights movement". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 632-634). unapi

Review Neil M. Maher (2021) Review of "NASA and the long civil rights movement". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 632-634). unapi

Review Gavin Wright (January 2021) Review of "NASA and the long civil rights movement". Technology and Culture (pp. 301-302). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Patterson, Andrea
Krige, John
Callahan, Angelina Long
Maharaj, Ashok
Lambright, W. Henry
Schaefer, Agnes Schaefer
American Heritage of Invention and Technology
Canadian Journal of History
Comparative Technology Transfer and Society
History and Technology
Journal of American History
The University of North Carolina Press
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Pennsylvania Press
Rutgers University Press
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Communications, NASA History Program Office
African Americans
Civil rights
Space programs
African Americans and science
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
United States
Soviet Union
Appalachian region (North America)
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
19th century
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
American Red Cross
Project Mercury (U.S.)

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