no. My buddy Fred is a black man and can't even get a job today as a graphic designer. CIA, 1930's, African American, America's poor history of racial acceptance...doesn't add up bro. Try making him greek, or maybe native American, although thats far from credible too now that I think of it.
In the 1930's, both black men and women could vote. The 15th amendment (1870) and 19th amendment (1920) had been around for a while at that point. As far as a black man working in OSS, I'm not sure. Btw, OSS was officially created on 13 June 1942. If you're interested in more information, check here: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/oss/ .
[Edited by Felix Underhill on 06-25-2003 at 09:12 pm]
Haven't any of you guys read Rudyard Kiplling's "Kim"?
The best spies come from unexpected or unnoteworthy backgrounds.
A spy in subSaharan Africa would likely to have been black. A spy in the Caribbean would likely be black. You pick spies who fit in to their environments easily. I can imagine a spy in Liberia not being black.
Blacks were in the Armed Forces (though in at least the Navy they did far better before WWI). The Navy had a famous deep sea diver, "Dick" Turpin (look him up on a websearch). Jim Crow came after the great migration north for jobs in the industrial cities. That was when discrimination set in, in both the North and South.
The OSS came in 1942. The CIA in 1946. Lincoln had his secret service and the Pinkertons. In the '20's much of international intelligence was either done directly for the President or by intelligence officers in the armed forces, primarily the Navy and Marines.
Well, Heat of the Night( a movie) was a story of a well educated cop in the '60s. I think it was true it just matters depending from which state this guy was in and from
and if he was good at the job I think. Also this isn't really important but there was a black regiment for the union (maybe you've seen a movie about it. It's called "The Glory" if you want to rent it or something)