German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie

German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie
Author : Monique Laney
Publisher : Yale University Press
Total Pages : 320
Release : 2015-06-23
ISBN 10 : 9780300213454
ISBN 13 : 030021345X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie Book Description:

This thought-provoking study by historian Monique Laney focuses on the U.S. government–assisted integration of German rocket specialists and their families into a small southern community soon after World War II. In 1950, Wernher von Braun and his team of rocket experts relocated to Huntsville, Alabama, a town that would celebrate the team, despite their essential role in the recent Nazi war effort, for their contributions to the U.S. Army missile program and later to NASA’s space program. Based on oral histories, provided by members of the African American and Jewish communities, and by the rocketeers’ families, co-workers, friends, and neighbors, Laney’s book demonstrates how the histories of German Nazism and Jim Crow in the American South intertwine in narratives about the past. This is a critical reassessment of a singular time that links the Cold War, the Space Race, and the Civil Rights era while addressing important issues of transnational science and technology, and asking Americans to consider their country’s own history of racism when reflecting on the Nazi past.

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