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The black cabinet : the untold story of African Americans and politics during the age of Roosevelt

Author: Jill Watts
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the presidency with the help of key African American defectors from the Republican Party. At the time, most African Americans lived in poverty in the South, denied citizenship rights and terrorized by white violence. But Roosevelt's victory created the opportunity for a group of African American intellectuals and activists to join his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Franklin D Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jill Watts
ISBN: 9780802129109 0802129102
OCLC Number: 1143827730
Description: xix, 540 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Of people and politics, 1908-1932 --
Called to Washington, 1933-1935 --
Thinking and planning together, 1935-1939 --
Fighting on two fronts, 1940-1944 --
Vanishing figures.
Other Titles: Untold story of African Americans and politics during the age of Roosevelt
Responsibility: Jill Watts.

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"In 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the presidency with the help of key African American defectors from the Republican Party. At the time, most African Americans lived in poverty in the South, denied citizenship rights and terrorized by white violence. But Roosevelt's victory created the opportunity for a group of African American intellectuals and activists to join his administration as racial affairs experts. Known as the Black Cabinet, they organized themselves into an unofficial council. They innovated antidiscrimination policy, documented the New Deal's inequalities, led programs that lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for greater federal accountability to African Americans and a greater black presence in government. But the Black Cabinet never won official recognition from Roosevelt, and with his death, it disappeared from history. This is its story"--

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