During World War II when American soldiers went to fight in the Pacific and European theaters of war, Jim Crow segregation was the law of the land at home. Many racial groups did not have equal access to schools, housing, jobs, or places of public accommodation. Even the United States armed forces were segregated. The Pittsburgh Courier, the most powerful black newspaper of the time, mounted the Double V campaign at the suggestion of a reader. The Double V was intended to accomplish two things: victory over the Axis powers abroad and victory over Jim Crow and racism at home. Learn more about the black press and the Double V in this video segment from Soldiers Without Swords.
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