Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers

by Tanya Lee Stone

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“An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted, and important tribute to unsung American heroes.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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, discrimination against African Americans plays out as much on Main Street as in the military. Tanya Lee Stone examines the little-known history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought in an attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of First Sergeant Walter Morris, “proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability.”
Front matter includes a foreword by Ashley Bryan. Back matter includes an author’s note, an appendix, a time line, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763665487
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 170,840
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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What did it take to be a paratrooper in World War II? Specialized training, extreme physical fitness, courage, and — until the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (the Triple Nickles) was formed — white skin.
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Rich with detail, the pictures not only complement the narrative, but also tell a stirring story of their own, chronicling the triumphs and frustrations of the soldiers as they pursued their dreams. Complete accessibility to a wide range of readers, coupled with expert research and meticulous care, makes this a must-have for any library.
—School Library Journal

An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted and important tribute to unsung American heroes.
—Kirkus Reviews

A captivating look at a small but significant piece of military and civil rights history.
—Publishers Weekly

Written with great immediacy, clarity, and authority, Stone’s vivid narrative draws readers into the Triple Nickle’s wartime experiences. Many well-chosen quotes enhance the text, while excellent black-and-white illustrations, mainly photos, document both the men of the 555th and racial prejudice on the home front...This handsome volume documents the sometimes harrowing, often frustrating, and ultimately rewarding experiences of the Triple Nickles.
—Booklist

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Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the library, and really enjoyrd it. I dont know how good it is digitally, though. Good luck!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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