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Separate and UnequalBlack Americans and the US Federal Government$
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Desmond King

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829249X.001.0001

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‘A Great Shadow Over Our “Civil Rights” ’: Fighting for the Government

‘A Great Shadow Over Our “Civil Rights” ’: Fighting for the Government

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Separate and Unequal
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DOI:10.1093/019829249X.003.0004

Explores segregation in the military and resistance to its abolition ever since the founding of the country and the War of Independence to President Truman's 1947 Committee on Civil Rights and well into the 1960s. King examines original transcripts of testimony before Truman's committee and other investigations into segregation especially prior to and during the Second World War. He also looks at the policies and reports of the American Navy, Marine Corps, and the Army as well as those of Black American soldiers stationed abroad in Britain and Europe. Throughout the chapter, he traces the tensions arising from the war's premise to promote democracy in the new global community while tolerating the suppression of civil rights domestically.

Keywords:   Black Americans, Committee on Civil Rights, democracy, military, Second World War, segregation, Harry S. Truman, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy

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