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Chapter 12: America and World War II

Student Web Activity

"The Tuskegee Airmen"

In this chapter you learned about America's involvement in World War II. Most Americans were supportive of the fight against fascism in Europe. There were new opportunities in this war for both women and minorities. The Tuskegee Airmen, a fighter group of African American airmen, made important contributions to the war effort by shooting down over 200 enemy planes.

Destination Title: Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

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Click on the "History” link, read the article and answer the following questions.

Which cities did most African Americans come from when they enlisted?
What actions were enlisted members trained to perform?
How many started in the first aviation class? How many successfully completed training?
How many pilots received their wings between 1942 and 1946? How many of those trained served overseas?
What role did the Tuskegee Airmen play in the eventual integration of African Americans into all branches of the military?
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