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Racism in the Nation's ServiceGovernment Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson's America$
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Eric S. Yellin

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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Democratic Fair Play

Democratic Fair Play

The Wilson Administration in Republican Washington

(p.81) Chapter Four Democratic Fair Play
Racism in the Nation's Service

Eric S. Yellin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter talks about how Swan Kendrick had spent the week soaking up all the fanfare that accompanied Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. He was elated by the presence of black women in the suffragette parade and by “the colored soldiers (National Guards) and high school cadets, in the inaugural parade.” Howard University, too, had entered its students in the parade's college section. Black Washington was well represented in the city's most important political celebration, a reflection of both the prominence of African Americans in the capital and the new administration's desire to appear egalitarian. The politics of it all really mattered, Kendrick told Ruby Moyse. “Everybody who stays in Washington for ever so short a time gets saturated with it, and straightaway imagines everyone else is.” Middle-class clerks, supposedly rendered politically inert by civil service rules, were of course saturated like everybody else.

Keywords:   Swan Kendrick, Woodrow Wilson, black women, suffragette parade, colored soldiers, National Guards

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