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Jim and Jap CrowA Cultural History of 1940s Interracial America$
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Matthew M. Briones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691129488

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691129488.001.0001

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Conclusion: Tatsuro, “Standing Man”

Conclusion: Tatsuro, “Standing Man”

(p.218) Conclusion: Tatsuro, “Standing Man”
Jim and Jap Crow

Matthew M. Briones

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter discusses how the postwar period had remained charged with democratic possibility, though ideological retrenchment lingered both domestically and internationally. In an attempt to build on the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC) initiated by FDR and A. Philip Randolph in 1941, which made it a crime for any company with a government contract to discriminate based on race or religion, President Harry Truman commissioned a Committee on Civil Rights in 1946 to study the problem of race relations and civil rights. Truman demonstrated how seriously he took the issue of civil rights by ordering the end of segregation in the federal workforce and the armed forces, two incredibly significant steps toward measurable progress and reform.

Keywords:   democracy, Fair Employment Practices Commission, FDR, A. Philip Randolph, Harry Truman, Committee on Civil Rights, race relations, segregation, racial discrimination, religious discrimination

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