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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-19-09 06:55 PM
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On 26 July 1948, President Harry S Truman signed Executive Order 9981
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On 26 July 1948, President Harry S Truman signed Executive Order 9981, establishing the Presidents Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services. It was accompanied by Executive Order 9980, which created a Fair Employment Board to eliminate racial discrimination in federal employment.



More here: http://www.redstone.army.mil/history/integrate/welcome....

The order here: http://www.redstone.army.mil/history/integrate/eo9981.h...

Isn't it amazing what a single executive order could set in motion and accomplish?

But I guess Truman could have called for a bipartisan agreement and waited for congress to change the laws.

:shrug:

RL

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