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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) (1882-1945) to Joseph Curran

Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) (1882-1945)1942-01-14

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

President Roosevelt discusses ”the discrimination against colored seamen, referred to in your telegram of January 2nd” with Curran, President of the National Maritime Union. States that he was previously informed that the discrimination had been eliminated by the action of the United States Maritime Commission. Discusses an Executive Order signed 25 June 1941, which instructed parties making contracts with the United States Government to include a provision obligating the contractor not to discriminate against any worker because of race, creed, color, or national origin. Declares ”Questions of race, creed, and color have no place in determining who are to man our ships. The sole qualifications for a worker in the maritime industry, as well as in any other industry, should be his loyalty and his professional or technical ability and training.” Typed on White House stationery. Contains ”Pres” written in purple across the top right side of the page.

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  • Title: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) (1882-1945) to Joseph Curran
  • Creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) (1882-1945)
  • Date: 1942-01-14
  • Location: Washington, D. C.
  • Transcript: My dear Mr. Curran:, , I am informed that the discrimination against colored seamen, referred to in your telegram of January 2nd, was eliminated by the action of the United States Maritime Commission on the day it occurred., , It is the policy of the Government of the United States to encourage full participation in the National Defense program by all citizens, regardless of race, creed, color, or national origin, in the firm belief that the democratic way of life within the nation can be defended successfully only with the help and support of all groups within its borders., , The policy was stated in my Executive Order signed on June 25, 1941. The order instructed all parties making contracts with the Government of the United States to include in all defense contracts thereafter a provision obligating the contractor not to discriminate against any worker because of race, creed, color, or national origin., , Questions of race, creed and color have no place in determining who are to man our ships. The sole qualifications for a worker in the maritime industry, as well as in any other industry, should be his loyalty and his professional or technical ability and training., , Sincerely yours,, , Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • GLC Number: GLC06686p1

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