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Toward Freedom LandThe Long Struggle for Racial Equality in America$
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Harvard Sitkoff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125831

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125831.001.0001

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Racial Militancy and Interracial Violence in the Second World War

Racial Militancy and Interracial Violence in the Second World War

(p.65) Racial Militancy and Interracial Violence in the Second World War
Toward Freedom Land

Harvard Sitkoff

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the growth of power of Negroes and racial violence that occurred sometime during World War II. This may be because the government depended a lot on the cooperation of the Negroes during World War II. It is noted however, that discrimination in the army and the lack of black combat units was still present, and these became the two most bitterly resented aspects of American racism during the war. By the mid-1940s the number of racial incidents slowly decreased, which convinced many people of the value of moderation. The growth of Negro political power also stimulated hope for change.

Keywords:   army, Negroes, racial violence, World War II, government, discrimination, black combat units, American racism

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