WWII Storyboard

WWII Storyboard
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  • The group that was affected the most during WWII was the African Americans. Why do you ask? Let's take a trip back and see how they were affected by other minorites and just the war itself.
  • Let's start with the positive effects on this group. WWII was a great time of change for African Americans. They moved to find better work and to build a better life. More than one million blacks migrated to the North. 
  • The African Americans were affected the most because they had to get used a new place and a new working style when they migrated to the North. They faced discrimination in defense industries. They also experienced countinuous violence until the NAACP increased their legal campaign against discrimination.
  • More than two million found work in defense industries. But that wasn't always pleasant. During the war, the Marines excluded blacks, the Navy used them as servants, and the Army created separate black regiments. You could imagine how bad this treatment made them feel. 
  • All of this hatred and mistreatment was brought to the attention of President Franklin Roosevelt which was the president at the time. Roosevelt issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination in defense industries and created the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC).
  • Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC).
  • This was not enough for African Americans to get the respect they deserved. They still faced discrimination. In 1943, a riot broke out in Detroit when whites wanted blacks barred from the new apartments. White soldiers joined the fighting. The violence left 35 blacks and 9 whites dead.
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