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World War II Issues

1) How did African Americans and other minorities experience WWII at home and abroad?

2) What changes were there for women at this time?

3) What occurred in the Japanese Internment and what were its civil liberty concerns?

4) Are there any possible parallels with fascist societies here? Why or why not?

5) Who was against the war?

6) What was their reasoning and how did they display their dissent?

7) What can we learn from these issues about where we are today?

8) What of those historical analogies, past to present? Are they useful or accurate?

9) What of the Obama administration's actions on torture, drone attacks, indefinite detention, and suspension of habeas corpus?

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I think it's probably best to handle these in order, since not all of them are quite related:
1) African-Americans gained a sense of higher duty, calling and appointment in the military. While in many ways there was still some racial resentment (the full incorporation of African-Americans still had yet to occur, and many were uncomfortable with it), they were some of the most committed and socially bound units in the war.
2) Women were finally being allowed not only to work in factories on the homefront (to make up for male absence), but they were also being allowed to serve in the military (albeit as nurses, communications, and the like, as opposed to fighting or commanding).
3) Japanese Internment was basically holding people of Japanese descent in centralized locations, so as to "contain the threat" of terrorism as best as possible. The living conditions were horrid, however, and the suspicions were circumspect at-best. The methods used for investigation at that point were very crude and paranoia was high due to being attacked?something the country had not actually been used to. The reason this became a point of discussion was that many of these Japanese people were citizens of the country, but it was hard to tell who had greater ties to the U.S., and who did not because of the traditional ...

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The solution discusses World War II issues.