Marching Across the Color Line: A. Philip Randolph and Civil Rights in the World War II Era by David Welky

Marching Across the Color Line: A. Philip Randolph and Civil Rights in the World War II Era

byDavid Welky

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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 theAfrican 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. Rooseveltbacked down following a tense standoff, issuing an executive order guaranteeing equal opportunities for all Americans to get jobs in the growing defense industry.Armed with this victory, Randolph led wartime charges to integrate the military, further expand job opportunities, and end discrimination against minorities. He staged massive rallies, badgered political leaders, and pricked the conscience of a nation fighting for democracy overseas while reluctantto create it at home.A lively, engaging narrative set against a turbulent backdrop of political maneuvering, race riots, and the largest war in human history, Marching Across the Color Line exposes students to an array of fascinating characters who wrote the dramatic opening chapters in America's civil rightssaga.

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David Welky is Associate Professor of History at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of several books, including America Between the Wars, 1919-1941: A Documentary Reader (2012), The Thousand-Year Flood: The Ohio-Mississippi Disaster of 1937 (2011), and Everything Was Better in America: Print Culture in the Great Depr...
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Title:Marching Across the Color Line: A. Philip Randolph and Civil Rights in the World War II EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. The Hour and the Man2. We Want True Democracy3. One Hundred Thousand, Mister President4. No Place to Put You5. An Hour of Crisis6. Bad and Getting Worse7. Let Us Win Another VictoryConclusion