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Robert Clifton Weaver and the American CityThe Life and Times of an Urban Reformer$
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Wendell E. Pritchett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226684482

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.001.0001

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World War II and Black Labor

World War II and Black Labor

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(p.88) 5 World War II and Black Labor
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Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226684505.003.0006

By 1940, domestic concerns were quickly being eclipsed by worries about the war in Europe. Robert C. Weaver departed the U.S. Housing Authority and moved to a job that had the potential to reach far beyond anything he had previously done to impact the lives of African Americans. World War II presented a major opportunity to African Americans in their struggle for civil rights, and Weaver was at the center of this battle. Throughout the war, Weaver and his friends would fight racial discrimination in the military and in the war mobilization effort. They would experience many victories, but the wall of segregation would be hard to pull down. For his efforts, Weaver received as much criticism, from all sides, as acclaim. Four years later, frustrated by the slow process of change, he would leave government service.

Keywords:   Robert C. Weaver, African Americans, civil rights, racial discrimination, military, war mobilization effort, segregation

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