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1946-52: Years of Trial and Hope

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As president, Harry Truman in 1946 clashed with the railroad unions, threatening a federal takeover of the railroads, similar to the federalization of the American railroad industry during World War 1.

Marolda continued, discussing the impact of Executive Order 9981, issued by President Truman in 1946, which mandated a policy of “equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.”

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