World War II
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African Americans in the Military
February 3, 2014
My topic was African Americans in the Military. Overall African Americans had a hard time overcoming their struggles and this time was no different, but somehow they always managed to find a way to do so. When World War II broke out it turned the United States upside down. We were already in the middle of a depression and were going to add onto that by joining a war. To pull this off we would need the help of everyone. A draft was issued and all men were expected to fight. Although the African Americans were not apart of the draft but they still would volunteer still. Eventually President Franklin D Roosevelt would allow them to enlist in the military and help war efforts officially but it was still segregated. However that did not stop the African American Soldiers it only added fuel to their fire because they were not just fighting one war but two, otherwise know as the Double Victory. the Double V was African Americans fighting overseas and at home for equality for all. World War II would help the Win their Double Victory and open doors to many more opportunities for advancement and achievements.
At the beginning of the war African Americans were given noncombat roles such as cooks and people who delivered ammunition and carried injured back to base. As time progressed and they showed their loyalty and determination they were given challenging roles and higher ranked positions. All of this lead to the breaking down of barriers because Whites noticed that Blacks were capable of doing the same things as them and began to serve side by side. Although it took several years of hard work African Americans in the Military made a difference and continue to make a difference to this day. They are even being recognized for their accomplishments and are making their way up to bigger and better heights. Not only African American men made a significant difference, but African American Women as well.