A Liberal Experiment

in Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226684482
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226684505 | DOI:
A Liberal Experiment

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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 initiatives significantly changed the relationship between the federal government and the cities. Weaver's involvement in the construction effort would begin a career of engagement with housing and urban development and prepare him for the leadership roles he would take in the 1950s and 1960s. Because he was present at the formative moment of these important policies, he gained unsurpassed knowledge about urban policy and made contacts in the field that sustained him throughout his career. In addition, although his part would later be forgotten, Weaver played a crucial role in the development of antidiscrimination policies that over time became models for other government programs.

Keywords: Robert C. Weaver; public housing; housing policy; federal housing programs; urban policy; antidiscrimination policies

Chapter.  5509 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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