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In 'Half American,' historian Matthew Delmont tells the story of World War II from the Black perspec

World War II; troops in Italy, 1944. (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
World War II; troops in Italy, 1944. (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

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More than a million Black Americans fought for the United States in World War II.

They fought for a double victory: over fascism and over racism.

But their fight would continue long after the war ended:

“Should I sacrifice my life to live half American? Is the America I know worth defending?”

Today, On Point: World War II from a Black perspective.

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Matthew Delmont, professor of history at Dartmouth College. Author of Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad. (@mattdelmont)

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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