Chapter

Searching for a Place to Call Home

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/9780226684505.003.0008
Searching for a Place to Call Home

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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 with emergency food and industrial and agricultural assistance. His sojourn in the Ukraine marked the first detour from a career focused on the promotion of racial equality. Though leaving his family for six months to travel to a dangerous part of the world with few of the comforts of home seems a somewhat odd choice for Weaver, it was consistent with his upbringing. The son of a family of barrier breakers, Weaver hoped that his success in the position would provide further evidence that his race was no limit to his abilities. Raised to believe he had an obligation to disprove theories of racial inequality, Weaver jumped at the chance to show that he could handle the immense task facing the relief operation. His trip would begin a two-year period of almost-constant movement in search of an appropriate professional home.

Keywords: Robert C. Weaver; racial equality; Ukraine; relief operations

Chapter.  6846 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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