Compare and contrast the impact of World War II on minorities in the United States.Discuss specifically the impact on African-Americans, Native Americans (Indians), Mexican Americans, and women.

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You have a lot of information requested here and I have limited space, so I'll get you started on each and you'll need to expand on them somewhat.

African-Americans - Still segregated in US and military, fought for a country that denied them equal status, worked in larger numbers in factories.

Native Americans - Served in the military in numbers greater than their percentage of the population, but unlike other minorities, were integrated into white units.  Reservation life was largely unchanged.

Women - Made a major contribution on the Home Front in industrial production, taking over jobs vacated by men, and in hospitals and nursing positions.  Served in various capacities but not in the military yet.  Raised families alone, almost every family had at least one member in the military.

Mexican-Americans - Also served in the military in integrated units with whites.  Bracero program introduced to import guest agricultural workers from Mexico.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

World War II was responsible for changing nearly every facet of American life, particularly for women.  With their men away and many not returning, women needed to support their families.  With the men away, factories needed women to work.  As women entered the workforce, they gained an independence which would only grow from that point onward. They became an integral part of society rather than just playing a supporting role to the men.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I like to think that World War II was the beginning of progress for many minorities. We were so desperate to win the war that we put aside some of our differences. The units fighting oversees were not fully integrated and equal, but men working together in the line of fire do forget some of thier prejudices.