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Racism in the Nation's Service: Government Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson's America

Eric S. Yellin


Between the 1880s and 1910s, thousands of African Americans passed civil service exams and became employed in the executive offices of the federal government. However, by 1920, promotions to well-paying federal jobs had nearly vanished for black workers. This book argues that the Wilson administration's successful 1913 drive to segregate the federal government was a pivotal episode in the age of progressive politics. It investigates how the enactment of this policy, based on Progressives' demands for whiteness in government, imposed a color line on American opportunity and implicated Washingto ... More

Keywords: African Americans, civil service exams, executive offices, federal government, promotions, federal jobs, black workers, Wilson administration, progressive politics, government employees

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469607207
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469607214_Yellin


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Eric S. Yellin, author

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