- Explain the importance of President Truman’s order to integrate the US military and the federal government
- What was Executive order 9981
- How did the EO impact the military and federal government.
The Executive Order 9981 was issued on July 26, 1948. President Truman was concerned about discrimination in the armed forces and he wanted it to end. Because of this, he passed the order to help with it. The order clearly states, “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.”Ever since then, anyone can join the armed forces. The order also created the President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment. The committee brought attention to more problems that were happening in the country like lynching and protecting the civil rights. Truman agreed to all of these and enforced other races being in the government even though the southern Senators did not like it. That is how he decided to make the executive order. The southern Senators were not too happy about it and threaten to filibuster.
In this standard, I learned that discrimination is still so high in the United States even during the 20th century that even the military would only accept white males when there are some people who would like to participate in fighting for the country. President Truman was helpful in trying to end the discrimination in the country. He actually cared about other races and wanted equal rights and equal opportunities for all. He passed the executive order in order to help since the committee mentioned about the problems and tried to actually help.