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Race Discrimination And The World War I

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World War I was a life-changing moment in African-American history. It impacted all African Americans, no matter gender, class, or origin. Although the it had a larger impact on those who lived in the South. African-American soldiers actually served in the army for the United States way before the Great War. But World War I marked a turning point for colored soldiers, not only on the battlefield but when they returned home as well. It was overall a good thing for them. In the end over six hundred African Americans were selected as officers which was a rank they could not hold efore the war. Allthough still segregated against and suffering extreme discrimination black soldiers made big ...view middle of the document...

"- Fighting for Respect: African-American Soldiers in WWI." - Fighting for Respect: African-American Soldiers in WWI. Military History Online, n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.).
The military created two combat divisions for African Americans. The 92nd Division that was made up of draftees and officers. And the 93rd Division which consisted of National Guard units from different city's in the U.S.. The military leaders thought that black men were better suited for manual labor than combat duty. But Black soldiers were still stationed and trained mostly in the South. They endured racial discrimination and often received worse shelter and clothing compaired to the white soldiers. But on the other hand the army presented many black servicemen with opportunities that are usually unavailable to them, like primary education and basic health care. Joining the military was also an experience that introduced African Americans to different people and different parts of the,world they normally would never have access to.
("Feature African-Americans In Combat." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.)
When the Carabein soldiers arrived, they noticed quick that the actual fighting was done by white soldiers only. The black soldiers were given the dirtying dangerous jobs such as loading ammunition for the white servicemen, laying telephone wires, and even digging new trenches. The Black Soldier's Lament, a poem written by an anonymous trooper really brought fourth how bad they were actually treated:
"Stripped to the waist and sweated chest
Midday's reprieve brings much-needed rest
From trenches deep toward the sky.
Non-fighting troops and yet we die."
The poem reveals the hardships of the colored fighters and what they had to go through to show what they were put through to show their loyalty and patriotism to their country. (Rogers, Simon. "The Forgotten Soldiers." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 10 Nov. 2008. Web. 09 Apr. 2014.).
After the war ended on November 11, 1918; African Americans anxiously and optimistically hoped that their patriotic sacrifices would have a positive impact on the racial issues that were preasant and expand the boundaries of civil rights. William Monroe Trotter of...

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