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IMPACT OF THE U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN WORLD WAR I World War I, a military conflict, began as a local European war between Austria- Hungary and Serbia in 1914. It was transformed into a general European struggle by declaration of war against Russia, and eventually became a global war involving 32 nations. Twenty-eight of these nations, known as the Allies and the Associated Powers, and including Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, and the United States, opposed the coalition known as the Central Powers, consisting of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria. World War I, was not only a dispute among nations, but also affected thousands of people from all over the world, including African Americans, women, and even business and economic changes occurred.

African Americans endured a great amount of racism during the war, especially from the military. Over 260,000 blacks were volunteered or drafted in the war. While the navy assigned blacks only to low-rank positions, the marines excluded them altogether.

Blacks were sent to training camps, and to say they were treated horrible is to a high understatement. They experienced distasteful racial abuse, which eventually lead to the killing of seventeen whites. These blacks were sought out as wrong to many whites, and as show, were subjected to brisk trials where some were killed, and some imprisoned for life.

Of the 260,000 African Americans that went to war, 50,000 were sent to France.

These 50,000 were also given low-rank jobs, such as laborers, mealtime aides, and stevedores. These jobs that were distributed among the blacks, benefited the war effort in a great amount. They would work sometimes in twenty-four-hour shifts unloading ample amounts of supplies from America with impressive productivity. These accomplishments by the blacks, again, aided in the war effort.

Women, like the blacks, contributed a great amount...

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