Fellows' Presentation

Moon of Alabama: From the Third Reich to Tranquility Base, via the Segregated American South

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Part of the 2011–2012 Fellows' Presentation Series.

The book Diane McWhorter will work on at the Institute follows Wernher von Braun and the engineers of Hitler’s unprecedented V-2 ballistic missile from the Third Reich to post–World War II Alabama, where they built the rocket that put the first man on the moon. They achieved this in a segregated southern backwater where Hitler’s master race theories had found vivid expression in the United States.