Nelson, (Lt.) Dennis D.
Title The Integration of the Negro Into the U.S. Navy
Book Condition Very Good+ in Very Good dj
Edition First Edition
Publisher New York Farrar, Straus and Young (c.1951)
Seller ID 20157
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, light bumping to bottom front corner, bookplate on ffep; jacket has several small tears and shallow chipping along bottom edge, wrinkling along top edge, light soiling to rear panel]. (B&W photographs) History of racial integration in the U.S. Navy, which commenced when the Navy started drafting men in the spring of 1943, "and consequently received a far greater number of Negroes than had been accepted under the old volunteer system -- far more than could be utilized in the steward's branch or in such jobs as stevedoring and port duty," to which African-American sailors had previously been restricted. According to the jacket blurb for this obviously-officially-approved version of how this all went down, the Navy stepped up and did the Right Thing, and by the end of the war "had abolished segregation in recruit and training school camps," with the result that, six years later, "Negroes now serve in all branches of the Navy [and] Negro commissioned officers are no longer a novelty." And just to extend the self-back-patting a little more, it's further claimed that the participation of these men in the Korean War will serve "as a reminder to the Communist forces that 'class-ridden' America is capable of offering equality of opportunity to all." (Just as long as they weren't too keen on voting when they got back home.) The author himself had "entered the Navy as an enlisted man and was commissioned in the first group of 12 Negro officers, in February, 1944."
African American United States Navy World War II Race Relations