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        Executive Order 9981 - Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948) and Resource Materials

        On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed this executive order establishing the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, committing the government to integrating the segregated military. This resource group includes 2 primary source images, a background essay and a transcript.

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        Executive Order 9981 - Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948): Background Essay

        Background essay on Executive Order 9981 - Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948).

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        Executive Order 9981 - Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948): Transcript

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        Executive Order 9981 - Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948): Image 1

        This is an image of Executive Order 9981. On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed this executive order establishing the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, committing the government to integrating the segregated military.

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        Executive Order 9981 - Desegregation of the Armed Forces (1948): Image 2

        This is an additional image of Executive Order 9981. On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed this executive order establishing the President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, committing the government to integrating the segregated military.

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