Hermes' Wings

History, Writing and Personal Musings

normandy – us gis 2

Americans of all creeds and colors come together to hold up a captured Nazi flag at Chambois, France, on 20 August 1944, a day before the collapse of German troops in the Falaise Pocket. Contrary to popular belief that the American segregation of the 1940s normalized racism to banal levels, an examination of narratives and memoires of the era shows that there actually existed a level of cordiality, if not mutual respect, among the various American peoples. That is not to say, however, that African Americans were not regarded as second-class citizens as a matter of official policy. (Corbis)

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