Can somebody describe the new opportunities open to women, Mexican Americans, and African Americans during World War I?
In the past, times of war have brought about a great deal of opportunities for minorities. World War I was the first time women were allowed to join the armed forces. Many women enlisted in the navy, the coast guard and even the Marines. Ever since the civil war, black Americans have played an significant role in the armed forces. Because the military was still segregated, most positions filled by Blacks were support positions like cooks and mess men. Still, a very small percentage were sent into combat and fought alongside French troops. African-American troops can also be credited with introducing the Jazz sound to the French.