University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal - The Legacy of African Veterans of World War II and Their Role in the Independence Movements of the Mid–Century
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The impact of colonial African veterans of World War II was evident and important to the winning of independence across French West Africa. After contributing heavily to the French War effort, dealing with racism at home and in the army, and being either denied or offered substantially smaller pensions than their white counterparts, many African veterans were driven away from the empire. But, the impact of Senghor during this period is especially important, as he was a veteran, politician, and founder of the influential nationalistic philosophy of negritude. The impact of Senghor was palpable in many ways and is important to acknowledge when trying to understand this period in African history.

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