Re: Use of the term "Color" in late 19th century and Early 20th century NYC Birth Records #records


Sherri Bobish
 

Vicki,

Here is an explanation:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_Service_Act_of_1917
"Draft board officials were told to tear off the lower left-hand corner of the Selective Service form of a black registrant, indicating his designation for segregated units."

Regards,

Sherri Bobish

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