Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer
  • Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer
  • Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer

Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer

by Wendell E. Pritchett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226684482

ISBN-13: 9780226684482

Pub. Date: 10/01/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

From his role as FDR's "negro advisor" to his appointment, under Lyndon Johnson, as the first secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Robert Clifton Weaver was one of the most influential domestic policy makers and civil rights advocates of the twentieth century. This volume, the first biography of the first African American to hold a cabinet position in the…  See more details below

Overview

From his role as FDR's "negro advisor" to his appointment, under Lyndon Johnson, as the first secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Robert Clifton Weaver was one of the most influential domestic policy makers and civil rights advocates of the twentieth century. This volume, the first biography of the first African American to hold a cabinet position in the federal government, rescues from obscurity the story of a man whose legacy continues to impact American race relations and the cities in which they largely play out.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226684482
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
444
Sales rank:
1,259,412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Preparing the Talented Tenth: The Weaver Family and the Black Elite 8

2 Fighting for a Better Deal 31

3 A Liberal Experiment: Race and Housing in the New Deal 53

4 Creating a New Order: Black Politics in the New Deal Era 66

5 World War II and Black Labor 88

6 Chicago and the Science of Race Relations 116

7 Searching for a Place to Call Home 135

8 New York City and the Institutions of Liberal Reform 151

9 The First Cabinet Job 171

10 The Path to Power 193

11 The Kennedy Years: A Reluctant New Frontier 211

12 Fighting for Civil Rights from the Inside 233

13 The Great Society and the City 246

14 HUD, Robert Weaver, and the Ambiguities of Race 262

15 Power and Its Limitations 279

16 The Great Society, High and Low 301

17 An Elder Statesman in a Period of Turmoil 325

Abbreviations Used in Notes 353

Figure Credits 419

Index 421

Illustrations follow page 210

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