Book of the Month from Special Collections
America’s great social problem
London: Peace News Ltd.
This pamphlet was written during World War II when racism was flaring up again in America. It touches on some American history including the American Civil War but stresses that the people with authority and power are mainly white and therefore these white people need to make an effort to combat racism and resolve difficulties. It quotes James Weldon Johnson “The main difficulty does not lie so much in the actual condition of the Blacks as it does in the mental attitudes of the whites.”
2nd July marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of America 1964. This outlawed discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin. This resolved problems for some in voting and segregation in schools, work and public places allowing people to be served equally. Section 8 guaranteed all citizens equal protection.