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Philadelphia DividedRace and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love$
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James Wolfinger

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831496

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878101_wolfinger

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The Politics of the FEPC

The Politics of the FEPC

(p.212) 8 The Politics of the FEPC
Philadelphia Divided

James Wolfinger

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the issue of race and politics surrounding the creation of the Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) in Philadelphia in 1948, paying particular attention to the involvement of whites and African Americans in the debate. After providing an overview of the federal FEPC, the chapter considers its relevance to black Philadelphians and the response of the Democratic Party toward the creation of a local FEPC. It also discusses the arguments of advocates, led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and opponents, led by the Republican Party, of the proposed FEPC.

Keywords:   race, politics, Fair Employment Practices, Philadelphia, whites, African Americans, Democratic Party, NAACP, Republican Party

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