World war II was one of the deadliest war in history that associated with at least 30 countries and estimate at least 85 million deaths. This war went on for six fatal years until Allies defeated Germany and Japan in 1945. Many as 500,000 Latinos and Mexican-Americans served in World War II, which impacted many of them in the United States. Mexican-Americans were drafted or volunteered for the military services. Many risked their life wanting to protect our freedom. For Mexican Americans, they faced many challenges during this war but shows how soldiers contribute, women contribute, what the bracero program did and the effects after the war.
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World War I marked a drastic change in African American history. The war began as a conflict between the Europeans and soon became an event with revolutionary consequences, which would have a big affect on the social, economic, and political future for the black community. The war impacted the black community of Cleveland greatly whether you were male or female, soldier or civilian. The war began in 1914 and ended in 1918, which marked one of the most dynamic periods for the African American community because of migration, racial violence, and political protest. African Americans challenged the American Government, demanded their rights as American citizens, and demanded equality both in subtle and dramatic ways. We should further our knowledge on World War I because it is important to develop a better understanding of how the war affected African Americans and the struggles they faced because of it.
1863. The regiment earned its greatest fame on July 18, 1863, when it led the
fighting against the Germans, and 171 African Americans were awarded the French Croix de Guerre or Legion of Honor for their heroic actions.
Prior to World War I there was much social, economic, and political inequality for African Americans. This made it difficult for African Americans to accept their own ethnicity and integrate with the rest of American society. By the end of World War II however African Americans had made great strides towards reaching complete equality, developing their culture, securing basic rights, and incorporating into American society.
African Americans were very questionable at first in the Civil War. The Union Navy had been already been accepting African American volunteers. Frederick Douglass thought that the military would help the African Americans have equal rights if they fought with them. Many children helped in the Civil War also, no matter how old they were. Because the African Americans were unfavorable, black units were not used in combat as they might have been. Nevertheless, the African Americans fought in numerous battles. African Americans fought gallantly. Northern leaders also saw another reason to have African Americans in the Civil War is that the Union needed soldiers. Congress aloud them to enlist them because they thought they might as well have more soldiers.
World War II opened up several opportunities for African American men during and after the war. First of all, the blacks were able to join the military, the Navy and the Army Air Corps’ (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). The African Americans were allowed to join the military because they were needed, but they would be trained separately and put in separate groups then the white men because America was still prejudice. (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). The same went for the African Americans that joined the Navy, only they were given the menial jobs instead of the huge jobs (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). African Americans that joined the Army Air Corps’ were also segregated (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). The Army Air Corps’ African American also known as the Tuskegee Airmen were sent to the blacks university in Tuskegee for their training (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). They became one of the most well known groups of flyers during World War II th...
African Americans helped shape the Civil War from various perspectives. Actually, they were the underlying foundation for the war if you think about it in depth. African Americans were slaves and had been dealt with like property since they arrived in America. The likelihood of opportunity for these slaves created an enormous commotion in the South. The issue of equal rights for African Americans brought on a gap between the states. The United States Civil War began as an effort to save the Union, and ended in a fight to abolish slavery. The Civil War, frequently known as the War Between the States in the United States, which was a Civil War battled from 1861 to 1865, after seven Southern slave states proclaimed their severance and framed the Confederate States of the United States. More Americans died in the Civil War than in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined. Two thirds of the individuals that were killed in the Civil War died of disease. The medical world at the time of the Civil War and advanced disinfectants, did not exist which could have enormously lessen the spread of disease and illnesses. After years of bloody combat that left over 600,000 soldier’s dead and destroyed much of the South's infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed, slavery was abolished, & the difficult Reconstruction process of restoring national unity and guaranteeing rights to the freed slaves began. By December 1865 the 13th Amendment had abolished slavery throughout the United States (Waldstreicher).
African-Americans both freed and enslaved, like many different ethnic groups joined the Continental Army for a variety of reasons including; land, patriotism, excitement, elevation of social status, and gaining personal freedom. For many enslaved African-Americans that accepted service and completed their term in the army, “…would be immediately discharged from the service of his master or mistress and made absolutely free…” (Lorenzo L Greene, Some Observations On The Black Regiment Of Rhode Island In The American Revolution, 1952.) Sometimes African-American slaves participated in the Continental Army as substitutes, serving their owner’s military obligation. (p. 5 Black Soldiers At Valley Forge by Joseph Becton, 1985.) As the Revolutionary
World War I had resulted in the combination of reasons of why World War II had begun. After the Treaty of Versailles had been backed out of by Germany and Japan. Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After Japan had attacked pearl Harbor the United States had decided to join WWII. Particular groups who were drastically impacted by World War II which included Women and Mexican Americans. WWII had impacted the roles of women and Mexican Americans in both the domestic and foreign fronts. Mexican Americans were taken for granted in many ways, including segregation and denial of basic citizen rights. A way that Mexican Americans were victimized was when the “ Zoot
Robert Shirtliffe fought graciously in the American Revolutionary war. Except, he was actually a she. Deborah sampson and many other women and African American fought in the Revolutionary War. They fought in many battles and may be the reason America won.Whether it was for their own freedom, or for patriotism, woman and African American contributed to the American Revolutionary War by fighting in the war and helping on the battlefield.
The African American Experience during World War II was perfectly put together by Neil A. Wynn. It pointed out African Americans experiences before the war but also how the war changed their lives after. Earlier in the text, Wynn briefly mentions African Americans experience in the military before World War II. He pointed out that African American soldiers received much praise despite the small jobs and roles they played during the war. Wynn also noted that even after African Americans serviced in the military during World War I, treatment back in the states had not changed much. This part of the book was very essential and a perfect way to start. Wynn introduced the topic and led the reader into World War II talk after giving the reader an idea of what the African Americans felt leading up to that point.
Reading this chapter really made me realize how much of history I didn’t know and had come to assume happened just based on my judgements of America's past. The idea of the Founding Fathers being racist slaveholders or the whitewashing that happens in history weren’t new to me but the hard facts about how bad it is and the things they said and did stopped me in my reading. Multiple times I covered my mouth with my hand in shock and reread or read aloud a sentence I couldn’t believe was true. I just can't imagine being so ignorant and thinking you're better than someone simply because of what they look like. I’m really happy I got to read this so I have a better understanding of what exactly minorities, particularly Black and African American people, had to go through.
World War I (1914-1918), also known as the Great War, is hands down, one of the nations bloodiest, life changing wars of history. Not only was it transformative to the history of America but it became a movement for African American history. However the movement of African American History during WWI saw many disappointments aside opportunities. The affects WWI had on African Americans is often looked past due to the immense cruelty faced in its entirety. But by now, many knew the struggle and strife African Americans faced in American history. World War I sparked the ongoing change for the black community. African Americans encountered migration, joining the militia, and political protest during this war.