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Pritchett, Wendell E
Robert Clifton Weaver and the American city : the life and times of an urban reformer / Wendell E. Pritchett
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2008
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 3rd Floor  E748.W425 P75 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject Weaver, Robert C. (Robert Clifton), 1907-1997
Subject(s) Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography
African Americans -- Biography
Subject United States. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development -- Officials and employees -- Biography
Subject(s) Urban policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Government policy -- History -- 20th century
Cabinet officers -- New York (State) -- Biography
African American college presidents -- Biography
Subject Bernard M. Baruch College -- Biography
Physical Description x, 433 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-417) and index
Contents Preparing the Talented Tenth: The Weaver Family and the Black Elite -- Fighting for a Better Deal -- A Liberal Experiment: Race and Housing in the New Deal -- Creating a New Order: Black Politics in the New Deal Era -- World War II and Black Labor -- Chicago and the Science of Race Relations -- Searching for a Place to Call Home -- New York City and the Institutions of Liberal Reform -- The First Cabinet Job -- The Path to Power -- The Kennedy Years: A Reluctant New Frontier -- Fighting for Civil Rights from the Inside -- The Great Society and the City -- HUD, Robert Weaver, and the Ambiguities of Race -- Power and Its Limitations -- The Great Society, High and Low -- An Elder Statesman in a Period of Turmoil
Review "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."--BOOK JACKET

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