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9-4-2021 1:30 PM

End Date

9-4-2021 2:45 PM

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History

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United States -- Race relations -- History, World War (1939-1945) -- African American participation, United States. Army -- African American troops -- History, Civil rights movement

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The world has a long history of racial bias and discrimination. Many countries see racial equality as a primary concern that needs to be addressed. Countries including the United States, United Kingdom, and even India have made major leaps in the past century to address racial equality. This process was started by the leaders of nations actively involved in World War II. World War II was a war started by racial prejudice and changed mankind’s perceptions of race. In this essay I explain how World War II was a precursor for the American Civil Rights Movement and for worldwide change in attitudes about race. This change included the end of racial segregation, as well as decolonization. This is an important topic to me and I believe that the contribution by leaders of World War II to advance the rights of non-European peoples are often overlooked.

PART OF SESSION 3D. RACE AND DESEGREGATION:

Comment: Michael F. Conlin, Eastern Washington University
Chair: Jeanette Fregulia, Carroll College

Victor Curiel, Idaho State University, graduate student
“The Sun Only Sets on Black Britons: Sexuality and the Notting Hill Riots”

Jared Kimball, Brigham Young University-Idaho, undergraduate student
"World War II and Racial Relations"

Gerrit Sterk, Western Washington University, undergraduate student
"Elmore v. Rice et al.: The Court Case that Defies a Narrative"

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World War II and Racial Relations

The world has a long history of racial bias and discrimination. Many countries see racial equality as a primary concern that needs to be addressed. Countries including the United States, United Kingdom, and even India have made major leaps in the past century to address racial equality. This process was started by the leaders of nations actively involved in World War II. World War II was a war started by racial prejudice and changed mankind’s perceptions of race. In this essay I explain how World War II was a precursor for the American Civil Rights Movement and for worldwide change in attitudes about race. This change included the end of racial segregation, as well as decolonization. This is an important topic to me and I believe that the contribution by leaders of World War II to advance the rights of non-European peoples are often overlooked.

PART OF SESSION 3D. RACE AND DESEGREGATION:

Comment: Michael F. Conlin, Eastern Washington University
Chair: Jeanette Fregulia, Carroll College

Victor Curiel, Idaho State University, graduate student
“The Sun Only Sets on Black Britons: Sexuality and the Notting Hill Riots”

Jared Kimball, Brigham Young University-Idaho, undergraduate student
"World War II and Racial Relations"

Gerrit Sterk, Western Washington University, undergraduate student
"Elmore v. Rice et al.: The Court Case that Defies a Narrative"