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World War II and Black Labor

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0006
World War II and Black Labor

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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 beyond anything he had previously done to impact the lives of African Americans. World War II presented a major opportunity to African Americans in their struggle for civil rights, and Weaver was at the center of this battle. Throughout the war, Weaver and his friends would fight racial discrimination in the military and in the war mobilization effort. They would experience many victories, but the wall of segregation would be hard to pull down. For his efforts, Weaver received as much criticism, from all sides, as acclaim. Four years later, frustrated by the slow process of change, he would leave government service.

Keywords: Robert C. Weaver; African Americans; civil rights; racial discrimination; military; war mobilization effort; segregation

Chapter.  11868 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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