Essay on The Changing Role of Minorities in America During WWII

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During the time of World War II there was a dramatic change in the society of America and its way of life. Men were needed at war and the women were left at home. People were mistrusted and were falsely accused of crimes they did not do. Some people were even pushed away because they were different. Many of these people were the minorities of America. Some of the minorities it affected the most were the African Americans, women, Japanese Americans, and even young adults. What is a minority? A minority, in this case, is a person or group of people who are discriminated against because there is something about them that makes them different. Some of the things that make them different are race, gender, and even age. After the war the roles …show more content…
They were able to fly 200 bomber escort missions over enemy territory and at the same time prevent every one of the bombers from being shot down by the enemies (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). They were even able to take out their enemies fast jet fighters (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). What is shocking about all of this is that these men weren't trained with guns or knives, they had to use sticks instead (Reinhardt and Ganzel 1). With all the racism still going on, one African American man said it would be an irony for him to give America his life if it didn’t want to given him basic civil rights (Reinhardt and Ganzel 2). Further more after returning home the African American men were given an opportunity to join a movement (Reinhardt and Ganzel 2). The soldiers came home to a country that wasn’t granting them their full rights, so some joined a movement to expand them (Reinhardt and Ganzel 2). Other soldiers ended up moving to the city instead so they could find work similar to what they did while in the war (Reinhardt and Ganzel 2). The roles of African American minorities were changed after the war because the opportunities of job openings that were given to them and because their civil rights eventually expanded. With the job opportunities and civil rights being expanded their roles grew economically and legally and have continued to stay that way in this generation.
Women’s roles changed during World War II because many men became soldiers and

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