Journals Higher Education

$15.95

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16 August 2013

240 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199998302


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Marching Across the Color Line

A. Philip Randolph and Civil Rights in the World War II Era

David Welky

Critical Historical Encounters Series

Once labeled the most dangerous black man in America, A. Philip Randolph was a tireless crusader for civil rights and economic justice. In Marching Across the Color Line: A. Philip Randolph and Civil Rights in the World War II Era, author David Welky examines Randolph's central role in the African American struggle for equality during the World War II era. Frustrated by unequal treatment in the military and civilian life, Randolph threatened to march 100,000 African Americans to Washington, DC, unless President Franklin Roosevelt expanded employment opportunities for blacks. Roosevelt backed down following a tense standoff, issuing an executive order guaranteeing equal opportunities for all Americans to get jobs in the growing defense industry.

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