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The Kennedy Years

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/9780226684505.003.0012
The Kennedy Years

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On 26 December 1960 Weaver received a call from New York mayor Robert Wagner, who asked Weaver to come to his office, where he was told that newly elected president John F. Kennedy wanted Weaver to join his administration. Wagner asked if Weaver was interested in running the Housing and Home Finance Agency (HHFA), and Weaver said he was. Two days later, Weaver flew to Palm Beach, Florida, to meet with the incoming president. Many observers were surprised when President-Elect John F. Kennedy chose Weaver to head the HHFA, given the latter's vocal critiques of many aspects of federal policy in race and housing, and even more because of his color. His three years working with Kennedy would provide an opportunity to expand the federal government's role in urban affairs and race relations. These opportunities would be limited by a timid president, a conservative Congress, and the politics of race.

Keywords: Robert C. Weaver; John F. Kennedy; housing; race relations; urban affairs

Chapter.  9548 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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