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Between the 1880s and 1910s, thousands of African Americans passed civil service exams and became employed in the executive offices of the federal government. However, by 1920, promotions to well-paying federal jobs had nearly vanished for black workers. Eric S. Yellin argues that the Wilson administration's successful 1913 drive to segregate the federal government was a pivotal episode in the age of progressive politics. Yellin investigates how the enactment of this policy, based on progressives' demands for whiteness in government, imposed a color line on American opportunity and implicated Washington in the economic limitation of African Americans for decades to come.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: THE REPUBLICAN ERA, 1867–1912
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. One: No South to Us: African American Federal Employees in Republican Washington
  2. pp. 11-38
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  1. Two: The Spoils: Politics and Black Mobility
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. Three: The Sensibilities of the People: Black Politics in Crisis
  2. pp. 61-78
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  1. Part II: A NEW RACIAL REGIME, 1913–1917
  2. pp. 79-80
  1. Four: Democratic Fair Play: The Wilson Administration in Republican Washington
  2. pp. 81-112
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  1. Five: Wilsonian Praxis: Racial Discrimination in a Progressive Administration
  2. pp. 113-131
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  1. Six: Resistance and Friction: Challenging and Justifying Wilsonian Praxis
  2. pp. 132-172
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  1. Part III: REPUBLICANS IN THE NEW REGIME, 1918–1929
  2. pp. 173-174
  1. Seven: Creating Normalcy: Washington after Wilson
  2. pp. 175-203
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 204-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-2062
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 263-290
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469608020
Related ISBN
9781469607207
MARC Record
OCLC
841229545
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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