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African Americans During WWII. Joshua, Soojin, Lynn. African Americans on the home front. Migration to the North and West to seek for jobs Experience – continued segregation and discrimination Race Riots Fought for their rights. Economic- Migration to the North and West.

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african americans during wwii

African Americans During WWII

Joshua, Soojin, Lynn

african americans on the home front
African Americans on the home front
  • Migration to the North and West to seek for jobs
  • Experience – continued segregation and discrimination
  • Race Riots
  • Fought for their rights
economic migration to the north and west
Economic- Migration to the North and West
  • The West and the South economy boomed
    • Several war-industry cities grew explosively
  • Majority of migrants from the South were blacks
    • More than 1. 5 million African-Americans migrated to the South
    • Continued migration until 1970 “Second Great Migration”
  • Many took jobs In Southern cities and particularly many defense industry
  • But, job discrimination was common in defense jobs
    • “Whites-only” policies
changes
Changes?
  • Many African-American workers who were limited to segregated, low-skilled jobs in the South were able to get highly skilled, well-paid jobs ex) California shipyards
  • Many African-Americans had become a highly urbanized population
    • More than 80% lived in cities
  • Many African-Americans entered the middle class due to skilled industrial jobs
  • African-American communities in cities had a rage of jobs, professions and classes
    • Creation of black-owned businesses
      • Insurance, funeral homes, their own doctors and lawyers, churches and ministers
bibliography
Bibliography
  • http://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/ww2-pictures/#home
  • http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/library/kheel/collections/subjectGuides/africanAmericanWorkers.html