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Race, Jobs, and the War
by Andrew Kersten
University of Illinois Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-252-02563-1 | Paper: 978-0-252-07417-2
Library of Congress Classification HD4903.5.U58K47 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.133097709044

A richly detailed look at the crucial role of federally supported civil rights activism

In this rigorous and thoroughly documented study focusing on the pivotal Midwest, Andrew E. Kersten shows how a tiny government agency--the President's Committee on Fair Employment Practice (FEPC)--influenced the course of civil rights reform, moving the United States closer to a national fair employment policy and laying the foundation for today's contested affirmative action practices.

Rejecting claims that black advancement during the war was due primarily to shortages of labor, Race, Jobs, and the War contends that the FEPC made significant strides in breaking racial barriers, settling complaints, and pursuing a vigorous educational campaign to foster more harmonious industrial relations between white and minority workers.

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