Employees who were downgraded were transferred to the dead letter office, where they did not interact with the public.The few African Americans who remained at the main post offices were put to work behind screens, out of customers’ sight.The results is a frustrating soup of characters, conflicts, themes and rickety-old shtick that goes no where and accomplishes nothing.
It's a good little scene but we're never given any time to savor it before the movie switches gears like the slides of a carousel projector.
Both the Post Office and the Treasury Department also created separate bathrooms and lunchrooms for African American and white employees.
Wilson’s predecessors in the post-Civil War era had appointed several African Americans to high-ranking government posts.
“I would say that I do approve of the segregation that is being attempted in several of the departments…,” he wrote at one point, declaring that it was in African Americans’ interest to be separate from their white coworkers.
That’s at best an inconvenient truth for Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is supposed to be training students for service in federal agencies.