African Americans in World War II: Origins of the Civil Rights Movement. HIS 265. Preparing for War. Only 5,000 blacks in army in 1940 Selective Service Act (Sept. 1940) forbade discrimination Many draft boards only accepted whites on grounds there were no separate facilities for blacks
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African Americans in World War II:Origins of the Civil Rights Movement
Logo of the
Machine Gun Crew near Massa
Lena Horne and some of
the Tuskegee Airmen