The Double V period
Thesis: After the Great Depression with America on the up rise with building the nation’s military and changing work industry from domestic to defense workforce African Americans wondered where they stood.
African Americans in the 19th century dealt with fighting for victory of racial discrimination within the country’s military and the nation’s upcoming workforce. The rights blacks were fighting for was called the “Double V” dilemma. President Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted patriotism and sacrifice with his “great arsenal of democracy”, even though the African American was not getting the same basic rights as whites in the United State, Blacks showed great sense of patriotism with efforts of joining the war the same as whites all blacks wanted to be is treated fairly.
Since this second war came about after the “Great Depression” the transitioning from domestic products to defense industries would produce a lot of jobs for the American workers. Even though this brought about a growth in jobs blacks were still being held back from the job market. Industries would hire white workers from distant regions before giving the jobs to local blacks. White employers said that blacks were uneducated and unskilled and refused them of skilled and unskilled jobs. Charles Hamilton Houston warned Roosevelt that blacks would no longer be silent about the way they were being treated.
In 1941 leaders of many organizations including Walter White of NAACP, Mary Bethune of NCNW, A. Philip Randolph, and others met with Roosevelt to ask for support in the military and defense industries. Since the demands were more than what the president was willing to give Randolph proposed a march on Washington on July 1st, 1941. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt and local and national leaders met with Randolph to discourage the march because government leaders were worried about what Berlin would think of them. After many conferences to compromise with Randolph, President...