Chapter 1. Race Relations on the Home Front at the Onset of WWII


Though thirteen million American Negroes have more often than not been denied democracy, they are American citizens and will as in every war give unqualified support to the protection of their country. At the same time we shall not abate one iota our struggle for full citizenship rights here in the United States. We will fight but we demand the right to fight as equals in every branch of military, naval and aviation service.

 --From minutes of NAACP Board of Directors meeting, 8 December 1941[1]

The African-American experience at Arlington Hall Station (AHS), home of the National Security Agency and its Army predecessor organizations from 1942 to the mid-fifties, was shaped by a ...

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