‘One United Family’
The World at War
This chapter examines the experiences of West Indians in the First and Second World Wars, exploring their contribution to the war efforts along with native British reactions to their participation overseas as well as on the British and Caribbean home fronts. British Caribbean peoples served in the armed forces, as civilian war workers, and as advocates for the British cause. They experienced both discrimination and encouragement from British officials and ordinary native Britons as they endeavored to support the mother country during the wars. Their uneven treatment angered many West Indians, but others choose to interpret their experiences in ways that reinforced their identification with Britain, even as the war created circumstances that allowed them to also take pride in their achievements as Caribbean peoples.
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