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Who are the Harlem Hellfighters What is their significance in World War I and how much did black people affect the cultural of America later on after the war Well the Harlem Hellfighters did arguably start the beginnings of the Harlem Renaissance These brave men risked their lives for a country full of racial discrimination They were inhumanely segregated they were not widely recognized for their heroics over seas However because of their courage and patriotism the African-American Harlem Hellfighters played an important role in WWI in France and helped inspire civil rights movements in the United StatesNevertheless before the Harlem Renaissance and before they received the highest French military honor the United States Military did not consider black men as worthy men At stated by the New York State Military Museum Woodrow Wilsons administration had encouraged the military to turn its back on the Black soldiers despite their successes in battle They were inferior to the white man and believed they lacked civic and professional conscience According to writers Stephanie Ball and Valentina Sainato following the Civil War the segregated US Army had four black regiments that were considered the African-American National Guard These men saw no opportunity in going into the Great War based on the racial prejudices During the times of enlistments and drafts blacks had no chance of consideration from the white sergeants But yet as the Great War was beginning to take a toll on the United States the French pressured General Pershing to enlist more troops in early April 1918 This was the only opportunity black men would have to serve in the Great War in spite of the racial prejudices and inhumane society faced upon themFollowing the great news from the French the black men quickly enlisted by the thousands In early April 1918 since Woodrow Wilson did not want to have black men serve for the United States Military they were trained to use French
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