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

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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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This book does a workmanlike job telling of the awful discrimination blacks endured in World War On and, somewhat surprisinly, things had improved very little when World War II came aroung. But blacks ... Read full review

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This is a somewhat biased record of the struggle for black equality in American . It is also a history of desegregation of the United States armed forces. Read full review

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Houston and Des Moines The Travels ofEmmett J Scott and the Travails of Colonel CharlesYoung France by Way of Carolina 1
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The Lost Children
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Disillusioned by Armistice
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Freedom to Serve
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The Museum and the Mirror
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Old Draft in a New
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Politics Unusual
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Follow the Gleam
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Some Minor County Office
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Thundering Resentment in theVoice of God The USS Miller
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The Army
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The Noahs Ark Committee
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The Blinding of Isaac Woodard and
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The Army Air Corps
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The Navy Under Secretary Knox and the Truman Committee
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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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