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Like many countries in Europe post WWI, France was open to new prospects and vigor after grim and warfare.
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While serving in France during the war, they were treated with dignity and respect. As Tyler Stovall, a history professor at the University of California Berkeley, examined in his exploration of Black American life in Paris, , many Southern Whites “feared that glimpses of racial tolerance in France had spoiled Black soldiers” and would refuse to go back to the ways of subjugation.
With the Nazi invasion of Paris in 1940 and WWII coming into play along, many Americans (Black and White) feared imprisonment if remaining in the city.
Numerous Americans fled Paris—bet in the 1950's and 1960's, we again saw an emergence of interest.
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In the section of Montmartre, north of Paris in the 18th Arrondissement, saw a surge in the Black American population.