Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown (eBook, 2010) [WorldCat.org]
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Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown

Author: Kevin J McMahon
Publisher: Chicago University of Chicago Press Berlin Walter de Gruyter GmbH [2010]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Many have questioned FDR's record on race, suggesting that he had the opportunity but not the will to advance the civil rights of African Americans. Kevin J. McMahon 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. McMahon shows how FDR's  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin J McMahon
ISBN: 9780226561127 0226561127
OCLC Number: 1020173011
Accession No: (DE-599)HEB464392527 (OCoLC)1020173011
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (308 p.) 2 tables
Responsibility: Kevin J. McMahon
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Many have questioned FDR's record on race, suggesting that he had the opportunity but not the will to advance the civil rights of African Americans. Kevin J. McMahon 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. McMahon shows how FDR's attempt to strengthen the presidency and undermine the power of conservative Southern Democrats dovetailed with his efforts to seek racial equality through the federal courts. By appointing a majority of rights-based liberals deferential to presidential power, Roosevelt ensured that the Supreme Court would be receptive to civil rights claims, especially when those claims had the support of the executive branch.

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