1958: America’s blood supply desegregated

Posted on January 18, 2010

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On a C-Span book talk yesterday I learned that in 1958 President Eisenhower desegregated America’s blood supply by executive order. Prior to that blood for transfusions in blood banks were segregated as “white” and “black,” and the “white” blood was further segregated as “Christian” and “Hebrew.”

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