The Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America’s Military (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 22, 2013 - History - 336 pages
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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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User Review  - Jerome - Goodreads

A very interesting take on racism in the American military from the days of the revolutionary war to the Korean war era. Rather shameful how bigoted the military and our politicians were in the way ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christy - Goodreads

A fascinating look at racism throughout America's history, not just in the military. The author's style is very matter-of-fact (hey, he's a lawyer) and generally without personal subjectivity (he's ... Read full review

Contents

The Cause of Liberty
1
The First to Come and the Last to Leave
10
The Only Real Neutral
19
Houston and Des Moines
31
The Travels ofEmmett Scott and the Travails
52
The Lost Children
58
Disillusioned by Armistice
72
Old Draft in a New
81
The Army Air Corps
158
The Navy Under
167
The Navy and Marine Corps Under
187
From Senator to Vice President
197
The Noahs Ark Committee
214
The Blinding of Isaac Woodard and
221
Freedom to Serve
231
The Museum and the Mirror
240

Politics Unusual
90
Follow the Gleam
104
Some Minor County Office
114
Thundering Resentment in theVoice of
129
The DoubleV
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About the author (2013)

A graduate of Yale University and Duke University School of Law, Rawn James, Jr., has practiced law for a decade in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and their children.

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