American Minorities during World War II

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During the time of World War II, there was a dramatic change in the society of America and its way of life. Men were needed at war and the women were left at home. People were mistrusted and were falsely accused of something they didn’t do. Some people were even pushed away because they were different. These people were the minorities of America. Some of the minorities it affected the most were the African Americans, women, Japanese Americans, and even young adults. What is a minority? A minority, in this case, is a person or group of people who are discriminated against because there is something about them that makes them different. Some of these reasons why they are different are things like race, gender, and even age. However, the real question is how were the roles of American minorities change after World War II? 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... ... middle of paper ... ...ry. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. . Reinhardt, Claudia , and Bill Ganzel. "Civil Rights for Minorities During and After World War II." Civil Rights for Minorities During and After World War II. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. . "Relocation and Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II." Calisphere. The Regents of The University of California, n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. . Salinger, J. D.. The Catcher in the Rye. [1st ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 19511945. Print. (Primary) Werner, Emma J.. "World War II 1941-1945." United States history: modern America. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. 365. Print. MLA formatting by
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