African American Militancy in the World War II South

Harvard Sitkoff

in Toward Freedom Land

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125831
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135526 | DOI:
African American Militancy in the World War II South

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This chapter discusses African American militancy during the Second World War. It focuses mostly on the militancy efforts of Afro-Americans in the South. It shows that many of those African Americans in the south who became “modernized” by military service soon left to pursue their individual ambitions. Some headed to the northern cities, while others reenlisted in the armed forces, thus depleting the pool of potential southern black activists. This also proved that the belief in a New Negro who returned from the war and was willing to fight and die rather than accept the traditional structure of white dominance in southern society was premature.

Keywords: African American militancy; Second World War; southern black activists; New Negro; white dominance; southern society

Chapter.  14576 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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