The First Cabinet Job

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:
The First Cabinet Job

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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 housing and civil rights causes. He was a board member of the NAACP, the National Housing Conference, and the New York Health and Welfare Council. The election of W. Averell Harriman to the governor's seat of the nation's most populous state would dramatically change the Weavers' life and set Bob on a path that neither he nor his friends envisioned at the time. The day before his inauguration, Harriman appointed Weaver deputy commissioner of housing. During his first year in the Harriman administration, Weaver's main responsibility was similar to the tasks he held during the New Deal: serving as a watchdog against discrimination in state housing programs and promoting the administration's efforts in speeches and articles. Aside from his work against housing discrimination, Weaver also played an important role in the battle over educational segregation.

Keywords: Robert C. Weaver; W. Averell Harriman; housing programs; housing discrimination; educational segregation

Chapter.  8988 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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