Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Segregation in the Armed Forces (1948)

On July 26, 1948, President Truman signed the Executive Order 9981, desegregating the Armed Forces. However, the segregation did not officially end until 1954 when the last segregated unit was abolished. The act of the President did allow blacks to take on full participation in defending their country, making them socially equal to a white who would do the same patriotic act. This was a powerful statement and instigated strength to the Civil Rights Movement.

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