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The African American experience during World War II / Neil A. Wynn

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Wynn, Neil A  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 163 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
United States
20th century
Acknowledgements -- Overview -- Chronology -- Introduction: African American and war in historical context -- Chapter 1: African Americans on the eve of war : from new Negro to New Deal, 1920-1939 -- Chapter 2: Mobilizing for war: the arsenal of democracy and the struggle for inclusion -- Chapter 3: Fighting for freedom: changing military policy and the Black experience, 1941-1945 -- Chapter 4: Conflict on the home front: resistance, riot, and social change -- Chapter 5: Post-war years and changing civil rights: "an American dilemma" -- Documents -- Notes -- Annotated bibliography -- Index -- About the author
Synopsis: World War II was crucial in the development of the emerging Civil Rights movement, whether through the economic and social impact of the war, or through demands for equality in the military. This period was characterized by an intense transformation of black hopes and expectations, encouraged by real socio-economic shifts and departures in federal policy. During the war, black self consciousness found powerful expression in new movements such as the "Double V" campaign that linked the fight for democracy at home for the fight for democracy abroad. A half century after the war, this volume presents a much-needed, up-to-date, short and readable interpretation of existing scholarship on the era and its issues. Drawing on more than thirty years of teaching and research, Dr. Wynn pulls together primary sources and locates the war years within the long-term developments of the twentieth century.
World War, 1939-1945--African Americans  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects  Search this
African Americans--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American  Search this
African American soldiers--History  Search this
Race relations  Search this
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