Race, Jobs, and the War

Race, Jobs, and the War

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A richly detailed look at the crucial role of federally supported civil rights activism In this rigorous and thoroughly documented study focusing on the pivotal Midwest, Andrew E. Kersten shows how a tiny government agency--the President's Committee on Fair Employment Practice (FEPC)--influenced the course of civil rights reform, moving the United States closer to a national fair employment policy and laying the foundation for today's contested affirmative action practices. Rejecting claims that black advancement during the war was due primarily to shortages of labor, Race, Jobs, and the War contends that the FEPC made significant strides in breaking racial barriers, settling complaints, and pursuing a vigorous educational campaign to foster more harmonious industrial relations between white and minority workers.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252074173
  • 9780252074172

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"Race, Jobs, and the War is a superb book, one that deftly illuminates the turbulent history of the FEPC." --Clete Daniel, author of Chicano Workers and the Politics of Fairness: The FEPC in the Southwest, 1941-1945show more

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