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The Tuskegee Airmen

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Kayla Janik

on 6 February 2013

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The extended story. The Tuskegee Airmen: Working Hard Comparing Realities Getting Started Signing Executive
Order #9981 At the same time, another Tuskegee "Experiment" took place. Meanwhile, in the news... Receiving the Attention they Deserve Recognizing Their
Roles in History Reflecting on and Sharing Their Experiences What do these videos show?
What are some common themes or topics mentioned in their commentary?
Why do you think they openly speak about their personal experiences?
How might their openness affect individuals’ views on the treatment of African Americans in the past, present, and future? What are these two sources and how do they relate? Describe what you see.
What were the men in the picture doing? What is happening to them now? Why is this happening?
Why are these acts significant?
If you were in this situation, how would you feel? How would you react? Although these sources were produced only two years apart, they display completely different connotations.
What differences do you notice?
Which source(s) do you think realistically represents the feelings and rights of this time period? Why?
What are the reasons why these two views would be highlighted?
What message is the government trying to send, and what message are they actually sending through their actions? Explain why they would do this. What is this? How do you think the picture was taken? Who could have created it?
When and why do you think it was used?
What do you notice about the picture? What are the men doing?
What message is this picture sending?
Based on the information you know about this time period, does the interaction between these two individuals seem likely? Explain. What are the differences between these two articles?
Why would it be important to write them?
Do you think they show a positive progression toward African American equality? Explain why or why not.
Why do you think articles like these were not in mainstream newspapers? What does this tell you about the historical time period? What is this?
What information did you learn?
Why would someone want to know about this?
What types of people are being discussed?
Who do you think would read this article? What is your reasoning? What is this? When was it written?
What types of people are being discussed, and what did they do?
Why is this significant? What could this act lead to in the future? What are these? What do you notice?
What do you see the men doing?
Why do you think the men are performing different duties? How do you suppose they got these positions?
What does this tell you about the Tuskegee Airmen?
Why is this significant, and what impact could it have had on the United States? What type of documents are these? What do they tell you?
Do you think it would have been difficult for Truman to decide whether or not to make this change? Why do you think so?
What will be different now that this decision has been made?
How do you think this news changed the lives of people in the United States?
How do you think people responded? Who do you think would agree with this decision, and who do you think would disagree? How do you know? Starting in 1932 and continuing until 1972, the Tuskegee Institute conducted an experiment, using African Americans as their “subjects.” In this study, black men with a specific disease were told that they were being given treatment to cure them, but in reality they were not being given any medicine. This means that their sicknesses got worse and worse, as doctors did nothing to stop them from dying. Through this event, over one hundred individuals passed away and hundreds of others suffered painful side effects. In these pictures, doctors can be seen giving "medicine" to different people. Why do you think doctors thought it was okay to do this?
What does this tell you about the general perception whites had of African Americans at this time?
How does this view relate to the Tuskegee Airmen?
Do you think people believed that the Airmen “experiment” would succeed? Explain. What types of sources are these?
What do you notice in the pictures and the speech? Who do you see?
What event are these documents focused on? What is happening at this moment?
What changes in our society occurred before the Tuskegee Airmen were given this honor?
Why do you think they did not get recognized earlier, and why do you think they are receiving it now?
What thoughts do you think the Airmen are having? When were these sources created? How do you know?
What are the Tuskegee Airmen discussing in the video?
What emotions do you sense from the video and picture? Why is this event meaningful to them?
How have the Tuskegee Airmen’s lives changed since they first began to take flight? Why do you think this?
How do you think the flights they took seventy years ago helped lead to this moment? Explain your thinking. Turning Life into a Movie Still far from being treated as equals This is a letter sent from the President of the Tuskegee Institute, F.D. Patterson, discussing the progress of the Tuskegee Airmen. What types of sources are these? How are they related?
Based on your previous knowledge, what is significant about Eleanor Roosevelt flying with "Chief" Anderson and visiting the institute?
Why do you think Elanor Roosevelt completed these actions?
How do you think people responded to her flight? Why would they respond this way? This photo was taken in 1941 of the first Tuskegee Airmen cadets. By 1946, there would be close to one thousand more. What do you see in this picture? What do you think the men are doing?
What do you notice about the men? What is the difference between the men standing on stage and the men facing toward them?
Knowing that the program would become larger, what might have been the reason for this group being small? What could have encouraged others to join the "experiment"? This is a photograph of David Harris, the first African American commercial airlines pilot. He was hired for this position in 1964--nineteen years after the Tuskegee Airmen flew in World War II. By looking at and reading about this picture, what do you learn about African American rights at this time? Why do you think this was the case?
What other events would have occurred before Harris was hired?
What does this mean in relation to the Tuskegee Airmen? Why do you think they were able to fly in war but not commercially? When were these sources created? How do you know?
Why do you think a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen was made?
What is the video you see trying to motivate others to do? Why do people need to be persuaded to see the actual film?
Why did George Lucas have trouble finding funding for the movie? What is your reasoning?
What does this tell you about our nation's current view of African Americans? What changes still need to be made in our society? Not perfect yet... Arkansas State Press: June 9, 1944 The Plaindealer: October 30, 1992
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