The modern usage of the word “cool” surfaced during World War II. Cool was a new concept, a new set of encoded ideas, and a new musical aesthetic. This article explores the idea in a post-WWII context.
Just when you thought that most of the stories of the legendary all-black female military unit from World War II had been told, along comes the recent discovery that 14 of the 855 women from the “Six Triple Eight” have a final resting place at America’s most hallowed grounds, Arlington National Cemetery.
During World War II, Juneteenth celebrations were still mostly concentrated in Texas and surrounding states. El Paso and Beaumont, Texas provide striking insights into Juneteenth and the struggle for equality that Black Americans faced during the war.