What Was the Impact of Wwii on America ?

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What was the impact of World War Two on America ?

World War 2 was fought from 1939 to 1945. It began in Europe on September 1, 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, and concluded on September 2, 1945, with the official surrender of the last Axis nation, Japan.  When World War II finally broke out in Europe and Asia, the United States tried to avoid being drawn into the conflict. But such a powerful and an influential nation could not avoid involvement for long. This war was the largest and most violent armed conflict in the history of mankind. It had awful consequences on lots of countries, especially in Europe, but it also helped nations such as Russia and the United States economically and socially.

Because of the enormity of World War Two, minorities were involved in lots of different ways.  Women entered the work force since the men were fighting. They were both powerful and integral to the Home Front effort, they worked long hours in the factories. An idolized popular hero would be Rosie the Riveter. The government realized how much they needed women, and what their political potential was. Women were very involved and committed to the war effort, lots volunteered to serve overseas and at home in hospitals as nurses. Before the war, women were supposed to stay at home, cook and take care of the children. WW II changed all that and the role of women evolved. The war also had a huge impact on African-Americans. During World War II, thousands of African-Americans served in a still segregated US military. Unfortunately, this participation did not gain them much talking about civil rights, and black soldiers were not used effectively for most of them.  Rather than integrate them into combat units, they were often used to do unskilled labor, such as loading supplies or burying the dead. On the Home Front, they had industrial jobs that were usually done by the whites who had been drafted. They played an...
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