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American Jewish Congress, Negro Organization Issue Joint Survey on Civil Rights

May 18, 1949
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A survey reviewing the state of civil rights in the United States during I948 was issued here today jointly by the American Jewish Congress and the National Association for the advancement of Colored People.The report is the first of a series of periodic reviews of the civil rights and group relations situation to be issued jointly by the two groups.

The survey evaluates 140 events in the fields of social, political and economic discrimination. In assessing the progress made last year, the study pointed to helpful decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, forward steps taken by a number of State and local governments, and to some reforms achieved by private action in scattered instances. However, it added, “the practice of discrimination and segregation because of race, religion and national origin was still the rule in much of the day-to-day activities of the population.” A basic failure, the report said, was the fact that no major federal civil rights bill was enacted.

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