Order to Desegregate the Armed Forces

Harry S. Truman1948

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

In this landmark executive decision, Harry S. Truman abolished segregation in the military. Truman issued the order to ensure equal opportunity and treatment for armed service members since Congress had rejected all of his civil rights proposals. When congressional support does not materialize, some presidents have acted independently.

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  • Title: Order to Desegregate the Armed Forces
  • Creator: Harry S. Truman
  • Date Created: 1948
  • Subject Keywords: Desegregation, United States military, President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, presidency
  • Original Source: U.S. National Archives
  • Rights: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
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