African American’s were “allowed” to fight in World War II, but they were segregated and at first, they were mostly used in non-combat roles. By the end of World War II, African Americans found a new sense of identity and willingness to stand up. Black Americans were fighting for rights and freedoms of others around the world when they were being denied those same rights and freedoms in America. World War II ended in 1945 and the Civil Rights Movement began in 1955. One can only imagine the built up tensions that started the Civil Rights Movement. The events after the war are normally those first to come to mind when the civil rights movement is mentioned, and for a good reason. The 1960’s were the movement’s golden age, and where its measure and excellence of success was at its greatest. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King are often considered the two most noteworthy leaders of the African American civil rights movement, and their victories were extraordinary. One document found in Major Problems in American History since 1945, by Robert Griffith and Paula Baker, is A South African Novelist Examines the Plight of “The Negro in the North,” 1954. This document starts out with a quote that sums up the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, ‘The cry of the Negro is no longer, ‘Let my people go,’ it i...
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...y Newton and Bobby Seale formed the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Oakland, California. The Panthers decided to take control of their own neighborhoods and to resist police violence. In 1966, the Panthers came out with a list of their wants and beliefs. The document is a list of what the Panther’s believed they deserved. Somehow, their attitude changed from request, to wants. All of this was spurred from years of harassment from white Americans and neglect from the American government.
In my opinion, the ending of World War II was the turning point for African Americans. They gained a voice that they did not have before. They were fed-up with being the center target of discrimination for the color of their skin. After World War II, African Americans decided to stand up for what they believed they deserved, and eventually ended up with remarkable results.
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