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        The Great War: African Americans and World War I

        Discover the challenges African Americans experienced during World War I as they tried to reconcile the ideals of “making the world safe for democracy” with the harsh realities they encountered at home, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Great War. Faced with prejudice and racist Jim Crow laws in the United States, many African Americans questioned their role as soldiers in a war that promised to save “democracy” around the world. In addition, the newly instituted draft led to increased racial tension and deadly violence. This resource is a part of the The Great War: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Collection.

        Find out more at the series' website.

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