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Wernher von Braun and the German Rocket Team in America

Wernher von Braun and the German Rocket Team in America

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Published by Robert Carver
This study is an examination of the career of the von Braun team in America, encompassing their time working for the American Army and NASA and the ongoing controversy surrounding von Braun’s work at Peenemünde and the Mittelwerk. The purpose of this study is to examine the career of von Braun specifically, along with the various experiences of team members in order to provide a balanced, multi-faceted view of this complex individual and to put in perspective von Braun and the team’s place in history.
This study is an examination of the career of the von Braun team in America, encompassing their time working for the American Army and NASA and the ongoing controversy surrounding von Braun’s work at Peenemünde and the Mittelwerk. The purpose of this study is to examine the career of von Braun specifically, along with the various experiences of team members in order to provide a balanced, multi-faceted view of this complex individual and to put in perspective von Braun and the team’s place in history.

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Published by: Robert Carver on Jan 05, 2011
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WERNHER VON BRAUNAND THE GERMAN ROCKET TEAM IN AMERICA ________________________ A ThesisPresented toThe Faculty of the Department of HistoryEast Tennessee State University _____________________ In Partial FulfillmentOf the Requirements for the DegreeMaster of Arts in History ____________________ byRobert Anthony Carver May 2001
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APPROVALThis is to certify that the Graduate Committee of Robert A. Carver Met on the5
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day of December 2000.The committee read and examined his thesis, supervised his defense of itin an oral examination, and decided to recommend that his study besubmitted to the Graduate Council, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of the Arts in History._________________________ Chair, Graduate Committee_________________________ _________________________ Signed on behalf of The Graduate Council ________________________ Dean, School of GraduateStudiesii
 
ABSTRACTWERNHER VON BRAUNAND THE GERMAN ROCKET TEAM IN AMERICAbyRobert A. Carver This study is an examination of the career of the von Braun team in America,encompassing their time working for the American Army and NASA and theongoing controversy surrounding von Braun’s work at Peenemünde and theMittelwerk. The purpose of this study is to examine the career of von Braunspecifically, along with the various experiences of tema members in order toprovide a balanced, multi-faceted view of this complex individual and to put inperspective von Braun and the team’s place in history.The approach to the study is historiographical, analyzing the historical recordwhile comparing specific points of the two main views of von Braun and theteam. Both primary and secondary sources are used to examine the team’scareer in America while attempting to provide an accurate account of thesupporters and critics of von Braun and the team.Conclusions of this study suggest that von Braun and the team made a major and critical contribution to the American space program as well as to thesocioeconomic progress of Huntsville, even though their legacy has beenintertwined with the unresolved controversy surrounding von Braun’s work atPeenemünde and the Mittelwerk.iii
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