African American Women in the 1940s
An exploration of what it meant to be African-American and a woman in 1940s America.
# 134570 | 1,500 words | 4 sources | 2007 |
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in African-American Studies (1870-1950) , Literature (American) , History (U.S. World Wars) , History (U.S. Baby Boom Years 1945-1965) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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The paper argues that the Second World War changed American society in ways that few could have envisioned in 1939. This paper explores the social, cultural, economic, racial, political, and gender contexts of the age in which two important primary documents shedding light on the struggles of both of these aforementioned groups were written. The paper shows how the Second World War was a moment in which America came of age - and a moment in which different groups began to re-assess their place in a society that had historically marginalized them.
From the Paper:"The following paper will argue that the Second World War changed American society in ways that few could have envisioned in 1939. To wit, besides the obvious fact that the war ushered in America as a global superpower and as the "Leader of the Free World," the most harrowing conflict in human history also changed how African-Americans and women saw themselves. For African-Americans, the war brought into sharp relief the various forms of discrimination that kept black men (and certainly black women) out of government jobs even as a deadly, existential struggle was being waged in..."
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