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:

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Robert Weaver passed away as American cities were entering a new era. The end of the twentieth century witnessed a construction boom in cities across the nation, and economic and demographic trends resulted in many positive changes. More than anything, Weaver's legacy is being a model of leadership. Well aware of the personal consequences, he chose a role that he knew would leave him isolated throughout his life. His position as mediator between white and black Americans made him suspect to both groups and created lifelong tensions that he accepted, generally, with magnanimity. Weaver understood that, as a racial pioneer, he would often be alone in his efforts to bring about meaningful change. Although his success came with many benefits, his choices also weighed on him personally. Weaver considered this sacrifice a worthy and necessary one to achieve the goal of true racial equality.

Keywords: construction boom; Robert C. Weaver; demographic trends; leadership; racial equality

Chapter.  2348 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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