FEPC v. the Railroads

Hottest problem on Franklin Roosevelt's desk—so hot that White House aides let word get out that the President would not touch it for some time, was race relations. The issue had been raised by the President's Fair Employment Practice Committee.

Last month FEPC bluntly ordered 16 Southern railroads to stop discriminating against Negroes, to give them an equal shot with whites at almost all jobs, including the best paid, most aristocratic job a Negro can aspire to in the South, that of railroad fireman. Last week the railroads replied with equal bluntness. Said...

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