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African American Civil Rights and World War 2
TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
WW2 - conflict fought to uphold democratic freedom.
White Americans could no longer profess to believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness for all and yet fail to apply those principles to their fellow black citizens.
NAACP seen…

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job opportunities for African Americans during war perhaps more a result of labour
shortages than the work of the FEPC.

FDR's GOVERNMENT
2 main aims of FDR's government, like any during wartime, were maximising the war effort
and surviving in office.
FDR's government was prepared to endorse limited racial reforms…

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