African-Americans in World War II
This paper explores the racism and inequality African-American soldiers suffered both on the front lines, during the war and back at home.
# 65203 | 2,050 words | 14 sources | APA | 2006 |
Published on Apr 30, 2006 in African-American Studies (Racism) , History (U.S. World Wars) , African-American Studies (General)
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This paper probes the history of the 99th Fighter Squadron, created in 1941. This writer of this essay discusses the racism experienced by the entirely African-American squadron, in which the men were segregated from the white pilots on the base and had to deal with separate barracks, toilets and even drinking fountains. This paper reviews the squadron's involvement in WWII and shows how during the Battle of the Bulge, African-American soldiers finally had the chance to prove their might. While race lines had become fuzzy as the harsh reality of war began to set in, the writer explains how the military dealt with racism, which resulted in General Eisenhower desegregating the army, in 1944, so that black soldiers were placed within existing units on the extremely volatile front.
From the Paper:"Ultimately, the military's approach to its black soldiers in World War II can be summarized by an editorial in the News Leader, a prominent Southern newspaper, which stated first that "Negro soldiers...must be treated as fellow soldiers and not as vassals or as racial inferiors," but which added the stipulation that "this does not mean that either whites or Negroes are at their best in the same company, the same branch, the same mess."  Despite countless acts of courage and sacrifice - many of which have gone unrecognized by the media then and now - the African American soldier was not officially segregated into the US military until after the Korean War."
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