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Civil Rights in New York CityFrom World War II to the Giuliani Era$
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Clarence Taylor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232895

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823232895.001.0001

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To be a Good American: The New York City Teachers Union and Race During the Second World War

To be a Good American: The New York City Teachers Union and Race During the Second World War

(p.10) 1 To be a Good American: The New York City Teachers Union and Race During the Second World War
Civil Rights in New York City

Clarence Taylor

Fordham University Press

The New York City Teachers Union (TU) highlighted the Quinn affair in its weekly publication, New York Teacher News, by placing the episode into a wartime context. The Quinn incident was not simply portrayed by the union as proof of a bigoted school employee who should be fired for her outlandish acts. The incident was also described as a flagrant act of disloyalty during wartime. In particular the union promoted black history and culture, and it argued that this history disproved the claim that African Americans were a detriment to the nation and had contributed little to America. The union's approach was a means not only to prove that blacks were not inferior but to show that racial discrimination hurt the country because such discrimination deprived Americans of knowledge of the rich heritage of blacks and the great contribution they made to the country. However, the union challenged many forms of racial discrimination, including anti-Semitism.

Keywords:   New York City, Teachers Union, Quinn affair, racial discrimination, anti-Semitism, African Americans, black history, black culture

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