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Unformatted text preview: Waging the "Double V" Campaign By 1940, African-Americans had more access to rights considered essential to the American experiencepolitical, material, and civilbut they were by no means equal under the law. Although black leaders during World War I had implored their people to set aside grievances for the sake of national unity, black leadership during the Second World War declared a battle on two fronts, a "Double V" campaign "victory over our enemies at home and victory over our enemies on the battlefields abroad." 6 Organizers such as A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin personified this new way of thinking and rallied black citizens to demand greater rights, equal privileges, and federal protections against violence. At the same time, World War II did much to destroy the legitimacy of racism as a respectable ideology of civilized society. The central pillar of Adolf Hitler's worldview had been the absolute racial supremacy of the "Aryan" German people, and the Nazi regime's maniacal pursuit of racial...
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10
- World War I