Harry Truman and the Struggle for Racial Justice

Harry Truman and the Struggle for Racial Justice

by Robert Shogan
     
 

The first full-scale, balanced account of President Truman's civil rights policies, tracing how the Missourian outgrew the bigotry of his Jackson County upbringing to become the president who integrated the military and lobbied for key civil rights legislation.See more details below

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The first full-scale, balanced account of President Truman's civil rights policies, tracing how the Missourian outgrew the bigotry of his Jackson County upbringing to become the president who integrated the military and lobbied for key civil rights legislation.

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"Wonderfully written and balanced."—H-Net Reviews
Library Journal
09/01/2013
Shogan (former national political correspondent, Los Angeles Times; The Battle of Blair Mountain) offers a vivid account of Harry Truman's rise from a machine politician in Missouri, with Southern roots and slave-owning grandparents, to a man with evolved views on civil rights. After engagingly tracing Truman's early family history and his place in FDR's final administration in the context of U.S. race relations in the 1940s, Shogan focuses on Truman's presidency. With World War II over, black soldiers returned home to face an American society that in many places and circumstances had not changed from earlier Jim Crow days. Shogan illuminates the racial challenges facing the country after the war, asking key questions in the process. While there's no doubt that Truman was involved in transformational changes, including the integration of the armed forces and the civil service, was he truly committed to civil rights for black Americans? Was he guided strictly by political calculations? VERDICT An important book that should be read by anyone interested in postwar U.S. history and the ongoing search for racial justice or presidential or civil rights histories.—Amy Lewontin, Northeastern Univ. Lib., Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700619115
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
06/13/2013
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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