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Pioneers of the final frontier

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Science  15 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6236, pp. 764
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa8008

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In We Could Not Fail, authors Richard Paul and Steven Moss explore the premise that NASA's activity in the South precipitated and facilitated that region's transition from an economy based on cotton and other agrarian activities to a more technology-driveneconomy that improved employment opportunities for African Americans. Though ultimately unconvinced that NASA played a significant role in transforming the African American workforce in the South, reviewer Claudia Alexander commends Paul and Moss for bringing these little-known histories to light.