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Bi weekly essay 5

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Jasmine McElroy @02652197 Bi-weekly Essay #5 How did Africans make sense of and participate in international developments? Abstract: Africans made sense of and participated in international developments by, first, increasing their participation in national developments in politics. Once the level of political participation was increased, Africans began to influence international developments in World War II and the Cold War. All of this increased influence on the nation and world, as a whole, gave rise to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, where African-Americans demanded the respect and equality that they realized that they deserved all along. Critical Review of Scholarship: The most thorough and effective study resources to use in order to come up with the answer for the bi-weekly framing question, ‘How did Africans make sense of and participate in international developments’, are Units 8 and 9 of Smallwood’s Atlas and the “draft text” discussions in Dr. Carr’s class. Unit 8: The Growth of Black Political Power in the North, the Great Depression, and Blacks during World War II, gives a great synopsis of how Africans participated in and had a huge impact on national and international developments and crises. This unit points out how Blacks change political preferences and even gain political power through their new political partnerships. The book then does a good job of pointing out how resilient Blacks were in The Great Depression, since most history books only cover what happened to whites during this trying time in American history. Additionally, this unit covers how Blacks not only fought in World War II alongside other Americans, but also participated in the international
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relief of groups, like the Jews, who were persecuted by the German Nazis. The book points out how racism did not just affect America, with Black vs. white issues, but also affected other peoples in various parts of the world. This is an excellent point that should be pointed out and emphasized in all history books (Smallwood 121-131). Unit 9: African Americans during the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement (1945-1965) goes on to describe more national and international developments that African Americans were a part of. African Americans became “concerned about the U.S.’s role in suppressing popular revolutions by people of African descent
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