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The Military’s Discrimination Problem Was So Bad in the 1960s, Kennedy Formed a Committee [The New York Times]

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PDF The Military’s Discrimination Problem Was So Bad in the 1960s, Kennedy Formed a Committee - The New York Times Black soldiers won Medals of Honor in the Civil War, charged German trenches in World War I and later fought the Nazis, but they were still serving in a segregated military. On July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, which declared But in the early 1960s, the military was still rife with discrimination, particularly off base. The change came slowly, according to Douglas Bristol, a fellow of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society and a history professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. “This is a very gradual thing,” Professor Bristol said. “Most bases are in the South. You can train year round. The congressmen there get re-elected forever, so they have tremendous clout. And in the South, segregation is the law.” With such issues in mind, President John F. Kennedy convened the President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Arme [Read more]
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