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World War II provided great opportunities for minorities to getinvolved both abroad and at home Though segregated still existed overa million black men and women were enlisted for duties many of whichserved as cooks or servants However the sheer population of blacksallowed the community leaders to influence the military to lighten uponsegregation ultimately giving them more active roles such as officersNationalism was on a steady rise as foreigners such as MexicanAmericans saw the war as an opportunity to enlist for defending theircountry essentially solidifying their citizenship Other foreignerssuch as Filipinos viewed the war as an opportunity to liberate theiroriginal homeland Additionally serving as an equal with the Americanboys as a Filipino soldier claimed provided them with citizenshipand land a newfound privilege that was strictly prohibited before thewar Aside from the racial minorities women benefited from the war aswell Behind the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt many women campaignedfor the right of an equal opportunity to participate in war The resultof their efforts was the formation of the WAAC Womens Army AuxiliaryCorps an all-women army core that comparatively received less statusand pay to the men However as the need for American soldiersincreased so did the status of the WAAC as they were eventuallyrecognized as equal and subsequently received a higher status and morepay With a plethora of males shipped off to war women also began totake more prominent roles at home Adele a plant worker during the timeof the war had this to say regarding her untraditional job For medefense work was the beginning of my emancipation as a women For thefirst time in my life I found out that I could do something with myhands besides bake a pie Alongside opening personal freedoms forminorities the war additionally kickstarted the previously diminishedeconomyWhile the Great Depression plagued America with a poorest economy and ahopeless attitude World War II lifted them out of the Depression andinto prosperity As countless men left their original jobs to enlist inthe war the
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