World War II offered several opportunities for African American men during and after the war. While not allowed to join the Marines at the beginning of the war, African American men were able to join other branches of the military such as the Navy and the Army Air Corps’ (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). Ironically, these men were being asked to lay down their lives for a country that still didn’t want to give them basic civil rights. The African Americans that joined the military still experienced segregation. They were trained separately and put in separate groups from the white men, because America was still prejudice. (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). Those African Americans who joined the Navy were given only the menial jobs instead of the positions that required having a skill (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). The Army Air Corps’ sent Africans Americans to Tuskegee, Alabama where they trained at a university for blacks (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). Some of these...
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