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Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown

Kevin J. McMahon


Many have questioned Franklin D. Roosevelt's record on race, suggesting that he had the opportunity but not the will to advance the civil rights of African Americans. This book challenges this view, arguing instead that Roosevelt's administration played a crucial role in the Supreme Court's increasing commitment to racial equality—which culminated in its landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The author shows how Roosevelt's attempt to strengthen the presidency and undermine the power of conservative Southern Democrats dovetailed with his efforts to seek racial equality through the ... More

Keywords: Franklin Roosevelt, African Americans, Supreme Court, racial equality, Southern Democrats, federal courts, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226500867
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226561127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin J. McMahon, author