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The Double V

How Wars, Protest, And Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military

By Rawn James

Executive Order 9981, issued by President Harry Truman on July 26, 1948, desegregated all branches of the United States military by decree. EO 9981 is often portrayed as a heroic and unexpected move by Truman. But in reality, Truman's history-making order was the culmination of more than 150 years of legal, political, and moral struggle.

?Beginning with the Revolutionary War, African Americans had used military service to do their patriotic duty and to advance the cause of civil rights. The fight for a desegregated military was truly a long war-decades of protest and labor highlighted by bravery on the fields of France, in the skies over Germany, and in the face of deep-seated racism on the military bases at home. Today, the military is one of the most truly diverse institutions in America.

?In The Double V, Rawn James, Jr.the son and grandson of African American veteransexpertly narrates the remarkable history of how the strugge for equality in the military helped give rise to their fight for equality in civilian society. Taking the reader from Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama, The Double V illuminates the African American military tradition as a metaphor for their unique and dynamic role in American history.

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Format: Book
Author: James, Rawn
Summary: Traces the legal, political, and moral campaign for equality that led to Harry Truman's 1948 desegregation of the U.S. military, documenting the contributions of black troops since the Revolutionary War and their efforts to counter racism on the fields and on military bases.
Title: The double v : how wars, protest, and Harry Truman desegregated America's military / Rawn James, Jr.
Publisher Date: New York : Bloomsbury Press, c2013.
Subject: Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 -- Political and social views. United States. President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services. Segregation -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- 20th century African American soldiers -- History -- 20th century. African Americans -- Segregation -- History -- 20th century. World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, African American World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, African American United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans -- History -- 20th century.
Isbn: 9781608196081 (alk. paper) 1608196089 (alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: James, Rawn
Summary: Traces the legal, political, and moral campaign for equality that led to Harry Truman's 1948 desegregation of the U.S. military, documenting the contributions of black troops since the Revolutionary War and their efforts to counter racism on the fields and on military bases.
Title: The double v : how wars, protest, and Harry Truman desegregated America's military / Rawn James, Jr.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Bloomsbury Press, c2013.
Description: viii, 290 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 -- Political and social views.
Subjects: United States. President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services.
Subjects: Segregation -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: African American soldiers -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: African Americans -- Segregation -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, African American
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, African American
Subjects: United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans -- History -- 20th century.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: The cause of liberty -- The first to come and the last to leave -- The only real neutral -- Report to God the reason why -- Tragedy and triumph : Houston and Des Moines -- The travels of Emmett J. Scott and the travails of Colonel Charles Young -- France by way of Carolina -- The lost children -- Disillusioned by Armistice -- Old draft in a new day -- Politics unusual -- Follow the gleam -- Some minor county office -- Thundering resentment in the voice of God -- The U.S.S. Miller -- The double v -- Harvest of disorder : the Army -- The Army Air Corps -- "Entitled to a showdown" : the Navy Under Secretary Frank Knox and the Truman committee -- The Navy under Secretary Forrestal and the Marine Corps -- From senator to vice-president to president in 100 days -- V-day deferred -- The Noah's ark committee -- The blinding of Isaac Woodard and the signing of Executive Order 9981 -- Freedom to serve -- The museum mirror.
LCCN: 2012030030
ISBN: 9781608196081 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 1608196089 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 355.00899 Jam