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HUD, Robert Weaver, and the Ambiguities of Race

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0015.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

On 9 September 1965, President Johnson signed the law establishing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most observers assumed that Johnson would quickly name Weaver as HUD ... More


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

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The federal government gave African Americans some reason for cheer despite the discrimination that continued to affect their lives. In the National Urban League journal Opportunity, Weaver made the ... More


World War II and Black Labor

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

By 1940, domestic concerns were quickly being eclipsed by worries about the war in Europe. Robert C. Weaver departed the U.S. Housing Authority and moved to a job that had the potential to reach far ... More


The Kennedy Years: A Reluctant New Frontier

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

On 26 December 1960 Weaver received a call from New York mayor Robert Wagner, who asked Weaver to come to his office, where he was told that newly elected president John F. Kennedy wanted Weaver to ... More


The Path to Power

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The two years between Weaver's term with Harriman and his work in the Kennedy administration were ones of significant change for American cities as well as the nation. Through his leadership of the ... More


The Great Society, High and Low

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

Published in print:
2008
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

By early 1967 it was clear to most observers, and to the president himself, that the Great Society was running out of steam, and facing so many obstacles, Johnson began to wonder “why he had ever ... More


An Elder Statesman in a Period of Turmoil

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0018
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In January 1969, Weaver returned to New York for good. He would live in the city for the next twenty-eight years, until his death, and would continue to contribute his time and knowledge to solving ... More


New York City and the Institutions of Liberal Reform

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

Published in print:
2008
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Social, political, and economic change in the 1940s led to an invigorated civil rights movement that could no longer be ignored by the country's political elite. While progress was slow, legal and ... More


The First Cabinet Job

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

By the mid-1950s, the Weavers were established members of New York's liberal society. Weaver earned a good salary in a position that provided him with the flexibility to involve himself in numerous ... More


Fighting for a Better Deal

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

Published in print:
2008
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

On 30 June 1933, John P. Davis and Robert C. Weaver took their places at the hearing table of the National Recovery Administration (NRA). Meeting in a temporary building constructed behind the White ... More


Chicago and the Science of Race Relations

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

Published in print:
2008
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The trials of the war years, the constant pressure of being caught between intransigent bosses and, in Weaver's view, unrealistic activists, took their toll prompting his resignation from the War ... More


Searching for a Place to Call Home

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In 1946 Weaver was in the Soviet Union on a six-month contract with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), the agency charged with resuscitating war-ravaged communities ... More


Fighting for Civil Rights from the Inside

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

Published in print:
2008
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March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Weaver's first years at the Housing and Home Finance Agency were devoted to bringing together its disparate parts, reaching out to his opponents in the real estate sector, and trying to reform ... More


Power and Its Limitations

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The year 1966 marked a significant change in the attitudes of many Americans toward their government, including their representatives in Washington. Fading was the short-lived optimism that the ... More


A Liberal Experiment: Race and Housing in the New Deal

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Robert C. Weaver spent the majority of his time working on the Roosevelt administration's public housing experiment. Federal housing programs were a crucial part of New Deal urban policy, and these ... More


Conclusion

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226684482
eISBN:
9780226684505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0019
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Robert Weaver passed away as American cities were entering a new era. The end of the twentieth century witnessed a construction boom in cities across the nation, and economic and demographic trends ... More


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