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By Jerald Podair

Bayard Rustin used to be a different 20th-century American radical voice. A gay, international battle II draft resister, and ex-communist, Rustin made huge, immense contributions to the civil rights, socialist, exertions, peace, and homosexual rights events within the usa, regardless of being considered as an interloper via fellow activists. writer Jerold Podair additionally comprises excerpts from Rustin's writings, speeches, letters, and statements, permitting the reader to realize firsthand interplay with some of the most very important civil rights leaders?and probably the most vital radical leaders?in 20th-century American historical past.

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Muste immediately set out to broaden FOR’s goals and vision. The “new” FOR would feature a militant Christianity that sought not merely the abolition of war, but a social, political, and economic revolution in American life. Nonviolent direct action would be its instrument. Muste’s version of the doctrine combined the civil disobedience philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, the religious sensibility of the Quakers, and the radical insurgency of the leader of India’s independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi.

Board of Education that no amount of spending could make Linda Brown’s allblack Topeka, Kansas, elementary school “equal” to the all-white school from which she was barred. Separation was inherently unequal. By implication this meant that all racially segregated public venues, including buses, trains, hotels, restaurants, and parks, were also unconstitutional. Although the Court was vague regarding the timetable for enforcing its decision—“all deliberate speed” was its cryptic 1955 prescription—it was clear that the ground had shifted in American race relations.

S. military. The timing was advantageous. As the Cold War with the Soviet Union heated up, President Truman faced a pressing need for manpower and was forced to reinstate the draft. In addition his prospects in the upcoming 1948 presidential election looked dim. Desperate to shore up his base in Northern urban areas, Truman began to develop a cautious civil rights agenda, including protection for black voting rights, antilynching legislation, and a permanent version of the Fair Employment Practice Committee that Roosevelt had put in place during World War II.

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