RACES: First Since Reconstruction

During this year's campaign for governor of Illinois, Republican Candidate William G. Stratton promised to appoint the first Negro to the state cabinet. Last week Stratton paid up in heaping measure. He named an able Chicago Negro, Joseph Bibb, to one of the state's most sensitive and important posts, director of public safety.

This bold move in a state that contains areas of high racial tension (e.g., Chicago, Cicero) may win back to the Republican Party many Illinois Negroes, who continued to vote Democratic through the 1952 election. Bibb will be the first Negro to occupy a cabinet post in...

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