National Affairs: Emphasis on Action

In the fine print of almost every contract between the U.S. Government and a private business, these words appear: "The contractor agrees not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, color or national origin." Last week Dwight Eisenhower by executive order established a 15-man Government Contract Committee designed to give these fine-sounding words practical effect.

Ike's committee superseded a similar committee set up by Harry Truman in 1951. The Truman committee's chief accomplishment was the publication of a report showing that the nondiscrimination clause in Government contracts was almost a dead letter, largely because federal...

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