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Instructions: In a 750-1000 word essay, answer the prompt question below. Organize your essay, use specific examples, and incorporate materials from the readings and videos when applicable (150 points).
During World War II, the United States presented itself as the defender of freedom and democracy in the world, but in reality, race relations at home lagged far behind rosy rhetoric. In your essay, explain how African-Americans built upon institutional foundations laid in earlier eras to fight back against white supremacy and racial segregation. What role did the Cold War play in their strategies, how successful were they in achieving their goals, and in what ways did they inspire other marginalized groups to continue in their quest for equality?