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

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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.Tracing Weaver’s career through the creation, expansion, and contraction of New Deal liberalism, Wendell Pritchett illuminates his instrumental role in the birth of almost every urban initiative of the period, from public housing and urban renewal to affirmative action and rent control. Beyond these policy achievements, Weaver also founded racial liberalism, a new approach to race relations that propelled him through a series of high-level positions in public and private agencies working to promote racial cooperation in American cities. But Pritchett shows that despite Weaver’s efforts to make race irrelevant, white and black Americans continued to call on him to mediate between the races—a position that grew increasingly untenable as Weaver remained caught between the white power structure to which he pledged his allegiance and the African Americans whose lives he devoted his career to improving. A crucial and largely unknown chapter in the history of American liberalism, this long-overdue biography adds a new dimension to our understanding of racial and urban struggles, as well as the complex role of the black elite in modern U.S. history.

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Wendell Pritchettis professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Office of Research, Planning, and Policy for the City of Philadelphia. He is the

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Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

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

2 Fighting for a Better Deal

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

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

5 World War II and Black Labor

6 Chicago and the Science of Race Relations

7 Searching for a Place to Call Home

8 New York City and the Institutions of Liberal Reform

9 The First Cabinet Job

10 The Path to Power

11 The Kennedy Years: A Reluctant New Frontier

12 Fighting for Civil Rights from the Inside

13 The Great Society and the City

14 HUD, Robert Weaver, and the Ambiguities of Race

15 Power and Its Limitations

16 The Great Society, High and Low

17 An Elder Statesman in a Period of Turmoil

Conclusion

Abbreviations Used in Notes

Notes

Figure Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226684505
Subtitle:
The Life and times of an Urban Reformer
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Creator:
Wendell E. Pritchett
Author:
Wendell E. Pritchett
Author:
Pritchett, Wendell E.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cabinet officers
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
United States Officials and employees.
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20081001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
433

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