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Promises of Citizenship: Film Recruitment of African Americans in World War II

Kathleen M. German


Considering their historically marginalized place in American democracy, one wonders why African Americans bothered to fight in any American conflict. This conundrum is especially perplexing in World War II, a war to free millions from tyranny. Scholars have neglected to ask the fundamental question; why did the African American community send thousands of men to fight for a democratic way of life in which they could not fully participate? The answers to this question, and there are undoubtedly multiple responses, may shed light on contemporary quandaries–situations that involve military mobil ... More

Keywords: African American, Documentary film, Military recruitment, World War II, Citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781496812353
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen M. German, author
Miami University