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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Double V
  • Rawn James Jr.
  • English
  • 09 October 2016
  • 9781608196081

10 thoughts on “The Double V

  1. Mikey B. Mikey B. says:

    A letter from President Truman to a friend of his in Kansas City page 219 my book“The main difficulty with the South is that they are living eighty years behind the times and the sooner they come out of it the better it will be for the country and themselvesI am asking for euality of opportunity for all human beings and as long as I stay here I am going to continue that fightWhen a Mayor and a City Marshall can take a negro Sergeant off a bus in South Carolina beat him up and put out one of his eyes and nothing is done about it by the State Authorities something is radically wrong with the systemI can’t approve of such goings on and I shall never approve it as long as I am hereI am going to try to remedy it and if that ends up in my failure to be re elected that failure will be in a good cause”This letter was held in private until after Truman’s death in 1972This book elucidates the struggle of African Americans to participate fully in all branches of the US military The author gives us the history of African Americans in the Civil War and so in World Wars’ I and IIAll the armed forces were segregated in terms of eating areas sleeping uarters In Southern states African American soldiers were treated with disdain and worse by the civilian population – and in fact it sometimes reached the point of a mini warMany attempts were made to desegregate the armed forces by the NAACP and other civil rights groups but were met with unyielding resistance within the military and the government Both would claim that the military was not the place to experiment with social change or that the military was merely a reflection of the overall societyThe Roosevelt administration is portrayed as tepid in response to several reuests to desegregate – only small areas of the navy during World War II were desegregated like training schools For the most part African Americans were relegated to cooks in the navy and loading and unloading cargo of which there was plenty in the army Much to their disappointment relatively few were in fighting zonesDespite all this a significant proportion of African Americans wanted to be in the military because compared to life elsewhere it at least offered some recognition and responsibilities for duties performedThe title “Double V” refers to both victory in war and on the home front to gain social euality African Americans were very cognizant of the fact that in both World Wars’ they were fighting for democracy abroad while at home they had very little of itDesegregation finally started to happen in the late 1940’s when the Truman administration finally decided to react after decades of pressure There was no need to pass these laws through Congress and Senate as the Armed forces were directly under the jurisdiction of the President Afterwards the armed forces became the vanguard of US society because soon after in the 1950’s the struggle shifted to civil society As the author points out it is ironic today that the US military promotes its ethnic diversity whereas prior to 1950 this diversity was seen as anathema to an effective military forceThis book outlines well the struggle to achieve social euality in the US military and how President Truman helped make this happen

  2. Ruth Francisco Ruth Francisco says:

    I thought this was a terrific book Like most people I thought that the Civil Rights movement started in the sixties But as Rawn James points out it really started with the Double V movement and the push to integrate the armed services in World War II A fascinating read especially for anyone who wonders how movements get started uite astonishingly it is often one or two people pushing hard for what they believe in One man CAN make a difference

  3. Jerome Jerome says:

    A very interesting take on racism in the American military from the days of the revolutionary war to the Korean war era Rather shameful how bigoted the military and our politicians were in the way the military was segregated and the way black troops were treated by white redneck racists in the south especially when they were in uniform

  4. Margaret Sankey Margaret Sankey says:

    I really liked James' first book Root and Branch about the elaborate legal scaffolding that came before the dismantling of segregation This is not uite as strong James spends most of the book recapping the segregated military in America and key moments when pressure was applied for change eventually coming to Truman's executive order and the several years it took for it to be implemented into the Korean War along with issues like the European white wives of black soldiers and the Red Cross' insistence on separating blood donations until 1950 I wish he had continued into the 1960s rather than wrapping up uickly with the amicus brief filed by military experts in Grutter v Bollinger

  5. Joshunda Sanders Joshunda Sanders says:

    If you're interested in the politics and events that led to the integration of the armed forces this is an important addition with a lot of good insight Especially now that we have our first African American commander in chief Rawn James Jr tells stories that are often obscured in conversations about black men and women in the military I didn't realize that when blacks were allowed into the military initially that it was in service capacities before they were allowed to be soldiers or officers or that the Marines was the last branch of the military to fully desegregate

  6. Christy Christy says:

    A fascinating look at racism throughout America's history not just in the military The author's style is very matter of fact hey he's a lawyer and generally without personal subjectivity he's African American too In school you learn about slavery segregation and civil rights in different classes over the years This book covers all of those eras back to back which is why I find the book's title misleading It is truly eye opening Parts of this book get a bit slow and sometimes seem to jump around in time but I appreciated this book on the whole

  7. Theresa Theresa says:

    This was a pretty good overview of the integration of African American serving men and women into the Armed Forces There was a lot I didn't know going into this book I came away with a greater appreciation of the struggle it took to allow black people to serve in the way they do today It seems common sense looking back now from the 21st century but as far back as 70 years ago it was not the case

  8. Fredrick Danysh Fredrick Danysh says:

    This is a somewhat biased record of the struggle for black euality in American It is also a history of desegregation of the United States armed forces

  9. Kate Kate says:

    Valuable social history well written I would have liked detail about the actual integration period itself but I learned a lot

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The Double V[Read] ➫ The Double V By Rawn James Jr. – Executive Order 9981 issued by President Harry Truman on July 26 1948 desegregated all branches of the United States military by decree EO 9981 is often portrayed as a heroic and unexpected move by Tr Executive Order issued by President Harry Truman on July desegregated all branches of the United States military by decree EO is often portrayed as a heroic and unexpected move by Truman But in reality Truman's history making order was the culmination of than years of legal political and moral struggle Beginning with the Revolutionary War African Americans had used military service to do their patriotic duty and to advance the cause of civil rights The fight for a desegregated military was truly a long war decades of protest and The Double PDF/EPUB or labor highlighted by bravery on the fields of France in the skies over Germany and in the face of deep seated racism on the military bases at home Today the military is one of the most truly diverse institutions in AmericaIn The Double V Rawn James Jrthe son and grandson of African American veteransexpertly narrates the remarkable history of how the strugge for euality in the military helped give rise to their fight for euality in civilian society Taking the reader from Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama The Double V illuminates the African American military tradition as a metaphor for their uniue and dynamic role in American history.