Essay about Canadian History and World War One

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Canadian History and World War One The article “Race and Recruitment In World War 1: Enlistment of Visible Minorities in the Canadian Expeditionary Force*” Written by author James W. ST G. Walker that can be found in the Canadian Historial Review (March 1989 Edition) discusses the discrimination against minorities during World War 1. Outlining the events from 1914 through 1917 that depict this injustice against visible minorities. It gives a detailed view of changing attitutudes of government and recruiting officials towards visible minorities and their position and value to the war efffort. James W. ST G. Walker goes about trying to prove that while World War 1 may have been a step forward for both women and Eastern Europe it was…show more content…
In 1915 the Japenese community tryed to put together a segragated Japenese unit only to be rejected by Militia headquartes. In the spring of 1915 a new policy on recruitment was instituted. Now any patriotic person or group could form a battalion. Even this was not enough to fill the growing need for men. So in 1916 the active recruiting of visible minorities was started. All minorities were recruited by officials who belived that all visible minorites would be later transferrred to special units. By the summer of 1916 minorities were being actively recruited for infantry battalions. At the same time visible minorities were also being recruited for non-combat labour. Two years into the war the policy on recruiting visible minorities had been completely turned around. Visible minorities were now being welcomed and actively recruited. This change had come too late. The visible minorities were now hesitating to join the war effort. The few Blacks and Native Indians who had slipped through the discriminatort system to make it to the war were sending back stories of unfair treatment and horrible conditions. The special units designated for visible minorites who had been preparing for combat were constantly being stalled from going to Europe. Those who did make it to Europe were for the most part not put in combat situations once they

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