A Brief Note On The World War II

1208 Words5 Pages
Unique Shrestha Dr. Daniel Byrne American History 9 April 2016 Paper 8 World War II In January 6, 1941, President Roosevelt spoke about the “essential human freedoms”: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom of want, and freedom from fear (Foner, 904). By the end of the war, the new immigrant groups were accepted as loyal ethnic Americans, rather than members of distinct and inferior “races” (Foner, 904). In addition, the contradiction between the principle of equal freedom and the actual status of blacks had come to the forefront of national life. Though minorities and women were discriminated in many ways, most of them got equal rights because of the war. During the war, many women were encouraged to go to work. The nation…show more content…
The government dedicated towards the ideals of Four Freedoms and the principle that all races, religions, and national origins could enjoy those freedoms equally. The enemy’s philosophy was racism. However, Americanism rested on toleration of diversity and equality for Americans. By the end of the war, the new immigrant groups were fully accepted as loyal ethnic Americans. World War II created a vast “melting pot” for European immigrants and their children (Foner, 926). While people were moving into the army and industrial plants, Americans encountered people of various backgrounds. There was feeling of “patriotic assimilations” unlike the forced Americanization of World War I (Foner, 926). Roosevelt tried to show that diversified society is the source of harmony that is the form of pluralism. Government and private agencies also promoted equality as a counterpoint of Nazism and as the definition of Americanism. Furthermore, Hollywood portrayed fighting units representing various religious, ethnic, and regional background. During the war, the Italian-Americans were no longer called Italian rather they were called Americans only. However, the Harlem race riot of 1943 led patriotic assimilation stopped at the color line (Foner, 927). As the war had a far more vague meaning for non-white groups compared to white groups. Among them, Mexican American were also categorized as minorities
Open Document