African Americans and the Pacific War, 1941-1945

race, nationality, and the fight for freedom

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In the patriotic aftermath of Pearl Harbor, African Americans demanded the right to play their part in the war against Japan. As they soon learned, however, the freedom for which the United States and its allies was fighting did not extend to African Americans. Focusing on African Americans' experiences across the Asia-Pacific Theater during World War Two, this book examines the interplay between national identity, the racially segregated US military culture, and the possibilities of transnational racial advancement as African Americans contemplated not just their own oppression, but that of the colonized peoples of the Pacific region. In illuminating neglected aspects of African American history and of World War Two, this book deepens our understanding of the connections between the US role as an international power and the racial ideologies and practices that characterised American life during the mid-twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages289
ISBN (Electronic)9781316285619
ISBN (Print)9781107112698, 9781107532939
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • World War II
  • African Americans -- Social conditions
  • African Americans -- Race identity

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