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Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race (Paperback)

By Shetterly, Margot Lee

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Golden Globe--winner Taraji P. Henson and Academy Award--winners Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American ...female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program--and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now. Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as Human Computers, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these colored computers, as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America's fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these computers, personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America's greatest adventure and NASA's groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine. Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women's rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world--and whose lives show how out of one of America's most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.
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ISBN 9780062363602
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780062363602
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Shetterly, Margot Lee
Category World History: From C 1900 -
American History
Women's Studies
Black studies
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 973.9
Weight 294g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women mathematicians - History - 20th century - United States, African American mathematicians - History - 20th century, Space race, Women mathematicians - United States, African American mathematicians
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade