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B. Postwar:

1. Nuremberg War trials: an international tribunal representing 23 nations tried Nazi war criminals in Nuremberg, Germany; eventually nearly 200 Nazis were found guilty of war crimes; for the first time in history, a nation’s leaders had been held legally responsible for their actions during wartime.

2. the occupation of Japan: U.S. occupied Japan for 6 years under Gen. Douglas MacArthur; officials arrests and put on trial; reformed the Japanese economy by introducing free market practices; introduced a new constitution including women’s suffrage and civil right; to this day, their constitution is know as the MacArthur Constitution.


C. In America

1. Farmers: benefited from good weather, improvements in farm machinery, and increases in crop prices

2. women: opened traditional male employment to women, 6 million of whom entered the workforce for the first time

3. veterans: GI Bill of Rights, which provided education and training for veterans to be paid by the U.S. government; also provided loan guarantees to veterans buying homes or farms or starting businesses:

4. African-Americans: distinguished themselves in combat

a. the Buffaloes: 92nd Infantry in six months of fighting earned 7 Legion of Merits awards, 64 Silver Stars, and 162 Bronze stars

b. the Tuskegee Airman: the 99th Fighter Squadron, won two Distinguished Unit Citations for outstanding aerial combat against the German Luftwaffe

c. at home:

1. moved into skilled or semiskilled positions (from 16 to 30 percent)

2. CORE: Congress of Racial Equality: an interracial organization founded by James Farmer; staged its first sit-in in a segregated Chicago restaurant in 1942

3. Detroit, June 1943: three days of rioting fueled by false rumors that whites had murdered a black woman and her child and that black rioters had killed 17 whites; Roosevelt had to send federal troops to restore order; 34 people died.

4. many communities formed committees to improve race relations

5. Mexican Americans: also earned prestige for combat (Company E of the 141st Regiment, 36th Division); Zoot Suit riots occurred in summer 1943 in Los Angeles

6. Japanese Americans: distinguished themselves in battle, the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team becoming the most decorated unit of the war

a. Korematsu v. united States (1944): The Supreme Court ruled that the gov’t’s policy of evacuating Japanese Americans to camps was justified on the basis of “military necessity”

b. Japanese American Citizens League (JACL): pushed for compensation and in 1965 Congress authorized the spending of $38 million; in 1990, each given $20,000

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Works Cited
  • “Doolittle Raid on Japan, 18 April 1942.” Department of the Navy. 11 March 2001. Online. Internet. Accessed on 27 March 2007. Available at