To Secure These Rights: The Report of President Harry S Truman's Committee on Civil Rights / Edition 1

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Overview


Following a hard-fought war to preserve freedom and combat racial tyranny, Harry S Truman faced a nation of racial turmoil at home where many Americans did not enjoy the basic rights they had fought to secure. Lynchings, violent racial attacks, and widespread discrimination undermined the country’s democratic ideals and prompted Truman to appoint a committee on civil rights. The committee’s report, To Secure These Rights, is one of the most important documents in the history of the modern civil rights movement; its findings showed a nation torn by racial injustice and its recommendations set the agenda for the ongoing struggle for racial equality. This volume contains the full text of the 1947 report, plus an insightful introduction by Steven F. Lawson that chronicles early civil rights efforts and details the political and social climate of the postwar era. Also included are nine original images from the report, questions for consideration, an annotated chronology, and suggestions for further reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312402143
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author


STEVEN F. LAWSON has taught at the University of South Florida and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is now professor of American history and vice-chair for undergraduate education at Rutgers University. He is the author of Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969; In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965-1982; Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941; and, with Charles Payne, Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968. He served as an academic adviser to the public television documentary series Eyes on the Prize, I and II. He is currently completing a volume of his essays on the civil rights movement.
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Table of Contents


Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

PART ONE

Introduction: Setting the Agenda of the Civil Rights Movement

PART TWO

To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President’s Committee on Civil Rights

Assignment from the President


I. The American Heritage: The Promise of Freedom and Equality
The Ideal of Freedom and Equality Government and Freedom The Essential Rights The Heritage and the Reality
II. The Record: Short of the Goal
Our Diverse Population Signs of Recent Progress The Condition of Our Rights Segregation Reconsidered Civil Rights in the Nation's Capital
III. Government's Responsibility: Securing the Rights
Constitutional Traditions as to Governmental Protection of Civil Rights The Role of the Supreme Court as a Guardian of Civil Rights The Civil Rights Section Experiment The Problem of Sanctions The Climate of Opinion
IV. A Program of Action: The Committee's Recommendations
The Time is Now The Committee's Recommendations

Appendixes
A Chronology of Events concerning To Secure These Rights (1938–1968)
Questions for Consideration Selected Bibliography

Index

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