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HUD, Robert Weaver, and the Ambiguities of Race

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/9780226684505.003.0015.0016
HUD, Robert Weaver, and the Ambiguities of Race

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On 9 September 1965, President Johnson signed the law establishing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Most observers assumed that Johnson would quickly name Weaver as HUD secretary since for five years he had run the agency that would become HUD, since President Kennedy had stated his intention to appoint him secretary four years before, and since Johnson had given such attention to civil rights. But Johnson made no comments on the matter, and his staff deferred questions on the new department's leadership. Weaver would eventually become the nation's first African American cabinet secretary, but not before four months of delay from Johnson and turmoil and embarrassment for Weaver. Johnson's tortuous path to Weaver illuminated many of the contradictions of Weaver's career and the complexities of racial liberalism and urban policy in the mid-1960s.

Keywords: Lyndon Johnson; civil rights; Robert C. Weaver; racial liberalism; urban policy

Chapter.  7762 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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