Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and by Wendell E. Pritchett

By Wendell E. Pritchett

From his function as Franklin Roosevelt’s “negro consultant” to his appointment lower than Lyndon Johnson because the first secretary of Housing and concrete improvement, Robert Clifton Weaver used to be the most influential family coverage makers and civil rights advocates of the 20 th century. This quantity, the 1st biography of the 1st African American to carry a cupboard place within the federal executive, rescues from obscurity the tale of a guy whose legacy maintains to impact American race relatives and the towns within which they principally play out.

Tracing Weaver’s occupation during the construction, growth, and contraction of recent Deal liberalism, Wendell E. Pritchett illuminates his instrumental position within the beginning of just about each city initiative of the interval, from public housing and concrete renewal to affirmative motion and lease keep an eye on. past those coverage achievements, Weaver additionally based racial liberalism, a brand new method of race kinfolk that propelled him via a chain of high-level positions in private and non-private organizations operating to advertise racial cooperation in American towns. yet Pritchett indicates that regardless of Weaver’s efforts to make race beside the point, white and black americans persisted to name on him to mediate among the races—a place that grew more and more untenable as Weaver remained stuck among the white energy constitution to which he pledged his allegiance and the African american citizens whose lives he committed his occupation to improving. 

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