Sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, war erupted between the European nations. The United States tried to proclaim neutrality as long as it could, but would eventually find itself sucked into the war being influenced by propaganda of the Central and Allied powers. This war was a transformative time in African American history. African Americans did not see justification that The United States would fight for democracy in Europe while African Americans were still treated unfairly. The war became a test of rights and democracy in the views of African Americans. African Americans were expected to play their own personal roles with the mobilization and entrance into The Great War. Some African Americans saw the war as hypocritical and opposed all black participation. Not all African Americans felt the same way, nevertheless, they saw it as an opportunity to display their patriotism for the nation they were a part of.
African Americans were first assigned separate roles than the other active citizens. Black soldiers were stationed in camps mostly residing in the south, where most of the hate towards them had generated. They had to endure substantial racial segregation and were even given the most basic amenities. They were given inferior shelter, clothing and respect while performing their sacrifice...
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...however African Americans were still kept in separate units until the Korean War in 1953. Although there was a lack of significant reform, World War 2 proved that whites and blacks could work together. Race relations seemed to once again move forward but not as much as they should have. Relationships between the two races seemed progressive in the previously divided military, however things seemed to have not changed once troops returned home. African Americans found themselves still fighting for the same Civil Rights before they were sent off to fight in a foreign land.
In conclusion, all three of these events had significant impacts in working towards acceptance and the end of racial segregation. Although they did not directly lead to end of the discrimination of colored citizens, they paved the way for the civil rights movement to take its course in history.
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