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Separate and UnequalBlack Americans and the US Federal Government$
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Desmond King

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829249X.001.0001

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Working in a Federal Agency: Social Ostracism and Discrimination

Working in a Federal Agency: Social Ostracism and Discrimination

(p.72) 3 Working in a Federal Agency: Social Ostracism and Discrimination
Separate and Unequal

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King explains how segregated race relations, tolerated by the federal government, facilitated discrimination and inequality of treatment for Black Americans in federal departments and agencies. He focuses particularly on the two decades after Franklin Roosevelt's 1932 election and the effects of wartime mobilization. Moreover, King presents an occupational profile of the almost universally lowly positions attained by Black employees in government, and uses hearings from the Fair Employment Practice Committee (FEPC) and its successor bodies to examine how discrimination flourished and persisted within the ‘separate but equal’ framework.

Keywords:   Black Americans, discrimination, Fair Employment Practice Committee, federal agencies, mobilization, occupational profile, Franklin D. Roosevelt, race relations, segregation, separate but equal

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