The Causes Of African Americans In World War II And WWI?

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During both WWI and WWII many African Americans were murdered as a result of fighting for the same rights and freedom that the white American population upheld. During World War I 51,822 African Americans were killed, this number almost doubled during World War II totaling to 104,625 deaths. During both WWI and WWII African Americans were treated very poorly. A majority of the population tried to move North away from the Jim Crow South but conditions were not better. Although there was racism during the World Wars, African Americans still showed their support by enlisting to fight for the United States. African Americans thought that their participation in fighting for this country would grant them rights as first class citizens and give them the same respect as the white population. The Jim Crow South was much more prejudice than the North but the Northern States lacked opportunity and success for the African American population. The book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a profound example of showing racism after World War I. It shows the struggle African Americans went through; an example is with Tom Robinson who is a black man falsely accused of raping a white women. Robinson was sentenced to death with little to no evidence that he committed such crime. This book shows how racism in the South contributed to the injustice of courts and lack of hope for African Americans. Between 1910 and 1930 over one million southern African Americans moved north in search
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