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Jackie Robinson Inspired America but Ultimately Lost Faith in American Justice

In 1949, star second baseman Jackie Robinson inspired all of America once again. This time, two years after he became the first Negro to play in the major leagues, Robinson declared his faith in America before the un-American activities committee of the House of Representatives.

Actor and athlete Paul Robeson had declared in Paris on Apr. 20, 1949, that American Negroes wouldn't fight for the U.S. against Russia because they were second-class citizens. The House Committee on Un-American Activities investigated Robeson and called Robinson to censure him.

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