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Franklin D. Roosevelt to Joseph Curran Washington, D.C., 14 January 1942. Typed letter signed, 1 page.

Franklin D. Roosevelt to Joseph Curran Washington, D.C., 14 January 1942. Typed letter signed, 1 page.

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The White House Washington January 14, 1942 Mr. Joseph Curran, President National Maritime Union 346 West 17th Street New York, N. Y. My dear Mr. Curran: I am informed that the discrimination against colored seamen, referred to in your telegram of January 2nd, was eliminated by the action of the United States Maritime Commission on the day it occurred. It is the policy of the Government of the
The White House Washington January 14, 1942 Mr. Joseph Curran, President National Maritime Union 346 West 17th Street New York, N. Y. My dear Mr. Curran: I am informed that the discrimination against colored seamen, referred to in your telegram of January 2nd, was eliminated by the action of the United States Maritime Commission on the day it occurred. It is the policy of the Government of the

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Franklin D. Roosevelt to Joseph Curran
Washington, D.C., 14 January 1942.Typed letter signed, 1 page.
The White HouseWashington
January 14, 1942Mr. Joseph Curran, President National Maritime Union346 West 17
th
Street New York, N. Y.My dear Mr. Curran:I am informed that the discrimination against colored seamen, referred to in your telegram of January 2
nd
, was eliminated by the action of the United States Maritime Commissionon the day it occurred.It is the policy of the Government of the United States to encourage full participation inthe National Defense Program by all citizens, regardless of race, creed, color, or national origin,in the firm belief that the democratic way of life within the nation can be defended successfullyonly with the help and support of all groups within its borders.The policy was stated in my Executive Order signed on June 25, 1941. The order instructed all parties making contracts with the Government of the United States to include in alldefense contracts thereafter a provision obligating the contractor not to discriminate against anyworker because of race, creed, color, or national origin.
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