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        African-American Soldiers | Ken Burns: The War

        View images of African American soldiers taken during World War II. More than one million African American soldiers fought with distinction during World War II, but still experienced discrimination and segregation in the military and at home. Segregation would be an official policy in the armed forces until President Truman signed Executive Order 9981 in 1948, abolishing it. The experience at home for African Americans was still separate, but not equal. Many were unable to find work at defense plants, which led to President Roosevelt outlawing discrimination in war industries, but racial tensions and discrimination at home persisted.

        African American Marines Training | Ken Burns: The War

        African American Marines train at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina. March, 1943. Credit: The Library of Congress.

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        Tuskegee Airman | Ken Burns: The War

        Charles W. Dryden, age 21, from New York, NY, in the cockpit of an Advanced Trainer, at flight school, Tuskegee, Alabama. January 12, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (208-A-24-11).

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        Marine Recruits | Ken Burns: The War

        New African American Marine recruits gather for inspection at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina. April, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (208-NP-10HH-5318).

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        Boarding a Troop Train | Ken Burns: The War

        African American troops board a train at Fort Hayes, Ohio. Credit: The Library of Congress (LCUS262-90369).

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        The 4909th Barons of Swing | Ken Burns: The War

        Group photograph of the 4909th Aviation Base Unit band, "The 4909th Barons of Swing." William Perkins, who would marry Barbara Covington, and Walter Thompson, who would marry Jeroline Green, performed with the band. Credit: William Perkins.

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        Moving Ordinance | Ken Burns: The War

        African American soldiers stockpile bombs at a U.S. depot in England, in preparation for the invasion of Europe. April, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (208-AA-39K-6).

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        761st Tank Battalion | Ken Burns: The War

        Corporal Carlton Chapman is a machine-gunner in an M-4 Sherman tank with the 761st Tank Battalion doing battle near Nancy, France. November 5, 1944. Credit: The National Archives.

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