The Impact of WWII On American Minorities

1612 WordsJun 21, 20187 Pages
American minorities made up a significant amount of America’s population in the 1920s and 1930s, estimated to be around 11.9 million people, according to . However, even with all those people, there still was harsh segregation going on. Caucasians made African-Americans work for them as slaves, farmers, babysitters, and many other things in that line. Then when World War II came, “World War II required the reunification and mobilization of Americans as never before” (Module2). They needed to cooperate on many things, even if they didn’t want to. These minorities mainly refer to African, Asian, and Mexican-Americans. They all suffered much pain as they were treated as if they weren’t even human beings. They were separated, looked down upon,…show more content…
They accomplished more than 1,500 missions over Europe without losing a single bomber. Mexican-Americans were also drafted to war. “Out of 16.2 million Americans in the armed services during World War II, between 250,000 and 750,000 were of Mexican ancestry” (cite). Also, many from Mexico and Puerto Rico were brought into America as workers, or braceros, through the Bracero Program. This was established in 1942 as a labor agreement between the United States and Mexico. They were primarily brought in the agriculture field, while others were brought into employment on railroads (cite). Asian-Americans were impacted hugely from the war mainly because America was in war with Japan. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the War Relocation Authority (cite). This allowed Japanese Internment Camps to be built in places throughout America because American authorities believed that any person of Japanese descent, or even other asian countries, might be spies to communicate to their enemy, although some even lived in America already for many, many years. However, those even with proof were not allowed to be an exception. After they put them in the camps, all their valued possessions were taken away, so they had nothing left at home. And when they were released, they didn’t receive much of it back from the government, so they were robbed from the country they were living in. However, it wasn’t only Japanese people who were in danger; the whole Asian-American community was
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