Armed Forces Integrated

(1945-1953)

July 26, 1948 Truman calls for the desegregation of the military. In WWI more than 350,000 African Americans fought. Truman helped desegregate the Armed Forces. Executive Order 9981 eliminated racial prejudices in hiring for federal jobs. The same year the Brown vs. Board of Education segregation in the armed forces decreased drastically. This is connected to the Civil Rights Movement because it propelled the outlook of African Americans in the war. Problems from this movement were racism in the army, a high death rate, and the mistrust between blacks and whites.

Armed Forces Integrated

Robert Small was an African American who sailed himself to safety and made himself the first Black Navy Captain in the Civil War. Black people felt like they were more determined to fight for their freedom- because they were fighting for slavery from freedom too. Even after the march to Washington, D.C racism in the armed forces continued. Feb 7, 1942, 2 months after the Pearl Harbor, African Americans finally received recognition in the armed forces.