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27th William Howard Taft 1909-1913 Republican

  • Said in his inaugural address that he would not appoint African Americans to federal jobs
  • When asked why he remove people of color from federal positions he said “this of people would always be farmers”
  • Said he would not interfere in “domestic affairs” of Southern states
  • Taft removed most black office holders in the South
  • Enacted the Mann Act or “white slave traffic act” which prohibits the interstate or international transport of women for “immoral purposes”   . This act was used over and over again to punish black men for their relationships with white women

Another Republican President that turned a blind eye to the struggles of Blacks in America. 

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