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The CIO Promotes Anti-Discrimination Legislation during World War II

This billboard advertisement, dating from the early 1940s, suggests the common ground shared by the labor and civil rights movements. Created by the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the more progressive of the country's two main labor federations, the billboard urges support for Roosevelt's Fair Employment Practices Committee legislation banning racial discrimination in government and defense industries. If African Americans are discriminated against, the billboard suggests, the rights of all workers are jeopardized.

Source | [Photograph of billboard promoting legislation for fair employment practices], circa 1940-1945, WHi-79307, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Visual Materials Archive, Madison, Wisconsin.
Creator | Congress of Industrial Organizations
Rights | Wisconsin Historical Society. All reproductions must make reference to the proper image numbers. 
Item Type | Advertisement
Cite This document | Congress of Industrial Organizations, “The CIO Promotes Anti-Discrimination Legislation during World War II,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed December 17, 2018, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1172.

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