An excellent introduction to the history of the Triple Nickles, as well as a bit on African American military history, World War II, and discrimination in United States.
The book is written for tweens or teens, and that is mostly evident by the depth of the information included: it’s not as richly detailed as most history books are, which is why it reads more as an introduction to the material.
The book includes lots of photographs, and this is one time I wish I’d gotten the physical book rather than the Kindle version. I’m sure the images included in the print edition are much easier to see and appreciate!
I really enjoyed reading it; this is an aspect of World War II history that doesn’t get a lot of attention, and I appreciated learning more on the subject (and now would like to read more about the Tuskegee Airmen, who are briefly mentioned). Recommended, especially if you’re looking for material that handles a sensitive topic in a manner that could be appropriate for younger readers.
They became America’s first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Sibert Medalist Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II. World War II is raging, and thousands of American soldiers are fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of discrimination against African Americans plays out as much on Main Street as in the military. Enlisted black men are segregated from white soldiers and regularly relegated to service duties. At Fort Benning, Georgia, First Sergeant Walter Morris’s men serve as guards at The Parachute School, while the white soldiers prepare to be paratroopers. Morris knows that for his men to be treated like soldiers, they have to train and act like them, but would the military elite and politicians recognize the potential of these men as well as their passion for serving their country? Tanya Lee Stone examines the role of African Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought in a little-known attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of Morris, “proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability.”
Title: Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers
Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction / History
My Rating: 4 Stars
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