A Brief Note On The World War II

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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 engaged in proper mobilization of “womanpower” to fill the jobs in industries vacated by men (Foner, 904). In 1944, more than one-third of the civilian labor force was women whereas 350,000 were in assisting military units. The ‘American way of life’ focused on the woman with “a husband to meet every night at the door,” and a home must be stocked with proper household appliances and consumer goods (Foner, 905). Even the advertisements used to portray the women missing their boyfriends could labor in the factory and remain attractive to men at the same time. This is how women were working during the war. Nazi tyranny and its theory of a master race discredited ethnic and racial inequality. 1920’s ethnic minorities and 1930’s popular front

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