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Memorandum for General Shedd
September 14, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
At the Cabinet meeting yesterday the President stated that he had been troubled by representations of the negroes that their race under the draft was limited to labor battalions. He has been informed by Army authorities that it is contemplated giving the negroes proportionate shares in all branches of the Army, in the proper ratio to their population—approximately 10%. He suggests that steps be taken by the War Department, in conjunction with the Navy Department, to publicize this fact.
The Secretary of War wishes an exact statement of the facts in the case, and as to how far we can go in the matter.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Black-army relations are further treated in documents #2-287-#2-289, Papers of George Catlett Marshall [2: 336-39].
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 306.