Harry S. Truman civil rights

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  • Harry S. Truman
    • experienced segregation 1st hand
      • racist in youth
        • deeply moved by black war veterans
          • aware of importance of black vote
            • committed to challenging southern racism
    • Traditionally African Americans voted republican
      • slavery had ended during a precedency of a republican
    • Cold war had a big impact on Truman's commitments to civil rights
      • believed America had a moral duty to fight communism and promote freedom
        • He realised he couldn't do this with Black people being oppressed in the south

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