Flight

The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico

  • Authors
  • Ben VinsonIII

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ben Vinson III
    Pages 9-24
  3. Ben Vinson III
    Pages 25-37
  4. Ben Vinson III
    Pages 39-46
  5. Ben Vinson III
    Pages 47-52
  6. Ben Vinson III
    Pages 53-69
  7. Ben Vinson III
    Pages 71-81
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    Pages 83-90
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    Pages 107-114
  10. Ben Vinson III
    Pages 115-119
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    Pages 121-131
  12. Ben Vinson III
    Pages 133-136
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 175-204

About this book

Introduction

Virgil Richardson blazed his own unique trail through the twentieth century: a co-founder of Harlem's American Negro Theater, 1930s radio personality, World War II pilot, and expatriate for most of his life. In Flight, this remarkable man tells his story in his own vivid words. Educated in Texas, Richardson set out for New York City in 1938 to build a career on the stage. Just when he was on the brink of success as an actor, World War II broke out and he was drafted into the army. After overcoming numerous obstacles, Richardson became a Tuskegee cadet in 1943, and later saw action flying over the battlefields of Europe. Upon returning to the racially divided U.S., he decided to move to Mexico, where he encountered a society quite different from the one he had left behind. Compellingly told and historically fascinating, this is the story of a determined individual unwilling to accept the limited options of Jim Crow America.

Keywords

America army city New York patent law personality radio soil sound transition transitions Virgil war World War I World War II

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781403981448
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-52937-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-8144-8
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