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The Path to Power

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/9780226684505.003.0011
The Path to Power

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The two years between Weaver's term with Harriman and his work in the Kennedy administration were ones of significant change for American cities as well as the nation. Through his leadership of the NAACP, his research on urban problems, and his involvement in New York City government, Weaver played a central role in the development of policies to deal with urban racial change. After Harriman's loss, Weaver remained deeply involved in New York City's housing and development efforts, and he would help nurture the beginnings of the War on Poverty at the nation's largest philanthropy, the Ford Foundation.

Keywords: Robert C. Weaver; New York City; War on Poverty; racial change; housing

Chapter.  8104 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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