John P. Herrmann to Joseph P. Tumulty

Identifier

CS95

Description

Regarding Democratic City Central Committee not opposing segregation in St. Louis.

Source

Library of Congress
Wilson Papers, Series 4, 152A Reel 231, Manuscript Division

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Relation

CS93, CS94

Language

English

Requires

Requires proofreading.

Provenance

Digital copy acquired from federal archives by previous WWPL Archivist, Heidi Hackford.

Text

Mr. J.P. Tumulty,

Dear Sir:

On Feb'y 24th, 1916, I took occasion to send to you the following wire:

Mr. J.P. Tumulty
Secretary to the President, White House, Washington D.C.
The Democratic City Central Committee has failed to take a stand against the measure to segregate the negroes of this city, to be voted on February twenty-ninth. The National Convention is to be held in June. The inaction of the Central Committee may cause segregation. The National Committee should not be placed in an embarrassing position. Can you realize the importance of this inaction. John P. Herrmann.

Now that the yellow peril in Congress has passed, I confirm my telegram. The segregation question like prohibition is a local question until it becomes a national question.

The inaction of the local central committee will now cause the matter to come before the national democratic convention, unless we have a federal decision prior to that time nullifying the act.

I am glad that the hysteria in Congress has been gored.

Very respectfully yours

John P. Herrmann

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CS95.pdf

Citation

Herrmann, John P., “John P. Herrmann to Joseph P. Tumulty,” 1916 March 10, CS95, Race and Segregation Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.