Role of 3 minority groups wwi wwii

Ethnic minorities gave many patriotic reasons for wanting to participate in the War effort. By some counts, some 40 percent of the firstmen to volunteer for service were Polish, even though Poles account for only 4 percent of the United States population.

Immigrant soldiers fought as bravely as their native-born comrades — and complained as loudly about the lousy food and miserable conditions of trench warfare.

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Though a German espionage ring pulled off a spectacular bombing of a munitions dump on Black Tom Island in New York harbor on 30 July , no concerted sabotage campaign was ever launched by enemy aliens on the home front. They became heroes after receiving international recognition for becoming the first blacks to fly and manage aircraft in the military. In the first decade of the new century, more than 3 million immigrants arrived in the United States from Italy and from the Pale of Settlement, the western fringe of the Russian Empire where Jews were confined. At the start of the War, all branches of the U. These young men refused to serve in the U. But when an army of sufficient manpower to fight a modern industrial war was finally raised, it included some half a million immigrants — fully 18 percent of the total — from forty-six different countries. For some, fighting in the war was a way to prove their patriotism and honor their love for their country. What better way to learn what life in the U. Note which of these statistics only cover those minorities drafted into the armed forces and which include personnel who voluntarily enlisted. Individual cases were left to the discretion of training camp commanders — and the pressure on COs to renounce their faith and fall in with basic training often bordered on, or crossed the line to, torture. Once Italy entered the war on the side of the Allies in the spring of , Italian-Americans also had a personal stake in the conflict. The second is that World War II gave many minority Americans--and women of all races--an economic and psychological boost. Collectively, the experiences U. One particularly flagrant case involved four young German-speaking conscripts from the Rockport Hutterite Colony near Parkston, South Dakota. But that classic about a young Japanese girl and her family sent to a detention camp during World War II is far from the only book about Japanese American internment.

The streets of Chicago erupted in violent clashes between Slavs and Germans. Selected Bibliography. The two acts unleashed a nationwide campaign of surveillance, propaganda and social ostracism directed against not only enemy aliens but socialists, pacifists, labor leaders and others deemed insufficiently loyal.

Though the s saw a resurgence of xenophobia and the imposition of tight immigration quotas, existing immigrant groups did not surrender the gains they had made.

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Shortly after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. The first months of training camp did little to dispel their prejudices.

What role did minority groups have during wwii?

When the United States entered the war, the War Department had no clear, consistent policy toward conscientious objectors COs. And their native-born fellow recruits came to accept immigrant comrades much more readily on the battlefields of Europe than they would have done at home. President Harry S. This is natural, even laudable, but it runs the risk of re-sanctifying and re-whitewashing what, as UC Berkeley ethnic studies professor Ronald Takaki reminds us, was a very complex experience. Detailed tabulations were not kept for these groups by the US military, which simply listed them all as "white". Feelings of self-confidence and belonging, once enjoyed, were not easily relinquished. They were heavily motivated by the Nazi policy of extermination towards the people of occupied Poland, the first country attacked during the war. The first V for victory over our enemies from without, the second V for victory over our enemies from within--those who perpetrate these ugly prejudices. It tells familiar stories--the Navajo code talkers, the Japanese American nd Regimental Combat Team--in less detail than specialists would want, but it puts all the stories into one set of covers and in a revealing context. Many include the voices of former internees themselves. The United States Jewish community, hopeful that revolution would transform Russia into a tolerant democracy, immediately switched its allegiance to the Allied Powers. It became dangerous, and in some jurisdictions illegal, to speak German in public. Local draft boards did the best they could, though inevitably there were errors.

In bringing together men of markedly different backgrounds, the war proved to be an efficient agent of assimilation.

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Ethnic minorities in the US armed forces during World War II