FDR "I am an American Day" Proclamation
- FDR "I am an American Day" Proclamation
- International Workers’ Order (IWO) and Jewish People's Fraternal Order (JPFO)
- Black Jewish Relations
Conferences, Conventions, Meetings
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
- New York, New York, United States
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
- Address (Creator):
- 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
- International Workers Order
- Work Type:
political ideologies and attitudes
Black Jewish Relations- Civil Rights
Postwar Order and Social Contract
Fraternal Orders- Lodges, Activities
World War II Homefront
- Proclamation by the President of the United States to be read at all IWO lodge meetings for "I am an American Day" national celebration on May 20, 1945. The FDR proclamation was used in an IWO lodge based program meant to instill pride in ethnic immigrant and black contributions to the US. in the War and post-War years. This includes a renewed focus on Negro History Week and the introduction of Jewish History Week as part of an emphasis on citizenship.
- The Jewish People’s Fraternal Order was the largest ‘national’ section of the International Workers Order (IWO) which focused on cultural awareness and celebration, mutual support especially in health insurance coverage, and anti-fascist activities. The IWO also gave particular emphasis to supporting the rights and interests of African Americans. Documents include language and representations which comprise the historical record and should not be interpreted to mean that Cornell University or its staff endorse or approve of negative representations or stereotypes presented.
- Cite As:
- International Workers Order (IWO) Records #5276. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.
- Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University
- Archival Collection:
- International Workers Order (IWO) Records, 1915-2002 (KCL05276)
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