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An Interactive Webcast Examining African American Experiences in World War II

Throughout World War II, African Americans pursued a Double Victory: one over the Axis abroad and another over discrimination at home. Major cultural, social, and economic shifts amid a global conflict played out in the lives of these Americans.

In this 50-minute program, student reporters examine artifacts from The National WWII Museum's signature special exhibit, travel to California to learn about injustices in a segregated military at Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, the site of the deadliest munitions disaster during the war, and explore Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park to understand transitions and tensions in American defense factories.

Featured Clips

What's it like to fly a P-51?

Tuskegee Airman George Hardy shares the feeling of flying the P-51 Mustang during World War II.

What was Betty Reid Soskin's job during World War II?

The oldest active National Park Service Ranger Betty Reid Soskin discusses working as a clerk in a segregated boilermakers union in World War II.

What happened at Port Chicago?

Student reporter Maceo discusses the massive explosion at Port Chicago during World War II with National Park Service Ranger Kelli English.

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Lesson Plans

Classroom Guide includes exhibit-themed lesson plans, fact sheets, and activity sheets.

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Produced in partnership with The National Park Service.

With generous support from Paul and Didi Reilly in honor of Paul J Reilly, US Marine Sergeant, WWII, The Dale E. and Janice Davis Johnston Family Foundation in honor of Dr. Earle R. Davis and his service aboard the USS Tranquillity, the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, Alan & Diane Franco, and the C. Jay Moorhead Foundation.

Additional support provided by Fabenco Founding Fathers Foundation and Anonymous.