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Separate and Unequal: Black Americans and the US Federal Government

Desmond King


Desmond King argues that the US federal government was inherently unequal in their treatment of Black Americans both in its own ranks as well as through federal programmes, especially before the 1960s; instead of thwarting segregated race relations, he maintains, the federal government participated in their maintenance and diffusion. Using extensive and original archival sources, King documents how Black American employees were segregated in federal government departments, the US Armed Forces, federal penitentiaries, and within housing and service programmes. In addition, King argues that the ... More

Keywords: Armed Forces, Black Americans, federal employment, federal government, housing programmes, inequality, penitentiaries, race relations, segregation, USA

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198292494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019829249X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Desmond King, author
St John's College, Oxford
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