“To Secure These Rights”: The Landmark 1947 Report on Civil Rights
A “shocking revelation” to Truman, this report led directly to his 1948 Executive Orders ending segregation in the military and the federal work force. [CIVIL RIGHTS].
Book, To Secure These Rights: Report of the President’s Committee on Civil Rights. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1947. 178 pp., softbound, 6¾ x 9¼ in.
Truman established the President’s Committee on Civil Rights on December 5, 1946, and nearly a year later, in October 1947, the committee released its report. It covered a range of issues including discrimination in access to restaurants, hotel accommodations, and transportation. Growing up in a part of Missouri where Jim Crow laws still held sway, Truman shared some of the prejudices of his fellow Missourians. After this report, though, at great political risk, Truman began a campaign to fight combat civil injustice.
Based on this report, on July 26, 1948, Truman signed Executive Order 9980, which desegregated the federal work force, and Executive Order 9981, which ended segregation in the armed services.
Very good. Wear at spine.
“President Harry S. Truman and Civil Rights,” The Road to Civil Rights.