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The Color of NASA : Racial Inclusion in the American Space Program, 1957-1978

Author:
Fenrich, Eric
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. History
Degree Supervisor:
Salim Yaqub
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2015
Issued Date:
2015
Topics:
Black history, American history, and Modern history
Keywords:
Space
Cold War
African American
NASA
Civil Rights
Race
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
Description:

This dissertation examines the relationship between the civil rights movement and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) manned space program between 1957 and 1978. From its onset, the motivations and justifying factors for the American manned space program were primarily political in nature. The issue of race, though not a factor in deciding space policy, played a significant role in determining how the manned space program was publicly discussed. From the late 1950s to the late 1970s, two broad patterns unfolded regarding the relationship between the U.S. space program and the issue of race. First, both mainstream U.S. attitudes and government policies regarding the space program became more racially inclusive, albeit at an uneven pace. Second, African American attitudes changed from seeking active participation in the American exploration of space to questioning the priority of spending federal monies on outer space rather than on terrestrial needs. Utilizing contemporary media accounts, first-hand accounts, and archival material, including documents from NASA, the NAACP, and the National Urban League, this project analyzes how racial concerns and minority activism influenced the projection of NASA's public image and its internal recruitment policies.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (312 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3c53j14
ISBN:
9781339218892
Catalog System Number:
990045865340203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Eric Fenrich
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