The New Deal and Race Relations

Harvard Sitkoff

in Toward Freedom Land

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125831
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135526 | DOI:
The New Deal and Race Relations

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This chapter discusses the New Deal and the relationship of Afro-Americans and the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt. The New Deal gave the blacks hope for a better life and better treatment. The early relief and welfare operations of the New Deal proved to be only marginally more beneficial to blacks. However, due to counterforces the New Deal was pushed toward a more equitable treatment of blacks. Even First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt functioned as some form of unofficial ombudsman for blacks.

Keywords: New Deal; Afro-Americans; President Franklin Roosevelt; equitable treatment; Eleanor Roosevelt; ombudsman

Chapter.  8071 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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