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The Great Society and the City

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/9780226684505.003.0014
The Great Society and the City

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Kennedy's assassination not only shocked the nation but cast a pall over the federal government. While the nation grieved for the fallen president, in Washington attention turned to his successor, Lyndon Johnson, who wasted little time in charting a course for the federal government. The two years following Kennedy's assassination were ones of rapid change for urban America, for the federal government, and also for Weaver. As the administration's highest-ranking black official, Weaver played an important role in some of these changes but was noticeably absent in discussions of other important questions. At the end of his first two years with Johnson, Weaver would achieve a significant milestone in his career and in African American history, but not without a fight that would illuminate the potential and limitations of liberal approaches to racial equality and urban policy.

Keywords: Lyndon Johnson; federal government; racial equality; urban policy

Chapter.  6688 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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