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The black cabinet: the untold story of African Americans and politics during the age of Roosevelt
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New York : Grove Press, 2020.
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First edition.
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xix, 540 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A magnificently researched, dramatically told work of narrative nonfiction about the history, evolution, impact, and ultimate demise of what was known in the 1930s and 1940s as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Black Cabinet.

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, denied citizenship rights and terrorized by white violence. As the New Deal began, a "black Brain Trust" joined the administration and began documenting and addressing the economic hardship and systemic inequalities African Americans faced. They became known as the Black Cabinet, but the environment they faced was reluctant, often hostile, to change.

"Will the New Deal be a square deal for the Negro?" The black press wondered. The Black Cabinet set out to devise solutions to the widespread exclusion of black people from its programs, whether by inventing tools to measure discrimination or by calling attention to the administration's failures. Led by Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, they were instrumental to Roosevelt's continued success with black voters. Operating mostly behind the scenes, they helped push Roosevelt to sign an executive order that outlawed discrimination in the defense industry. They saw victories--jobs and collective agriculture programs that lifted many from poverty--and defeats--the bulldozing of black neighborhoods to build public housing reserved only for whites; Roosevelt's refusal to get behind federal anti-lynching legislation. The Black Cabinet never won official recognition from the president, and with his death, it disappeared from view. But it had changed history. Eventually, one of its members would go on to be the first African American Cabinet secretary; another, the first African American federal judge and mentor to Thurgood Marshall.

Masterfully researched and dramatically told, The Black Cabinet brings to life a forgotten generation of leaders who fought post-Reconstruction racial apartheid and whose work served as a bridge that Civil Rights activists traveled to achieve the victories of the 1950s and '60s.

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ISBN:
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Watts, J. (2020). The black cabinet: the untold story of African Americans and politics during the age of Roosevelt. First edition. New York: Grove Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Watts, Jill, 1958-. 2020. The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt. New York: Grove Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Watts, Jill, 1958-, The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt. New York: Grove Press, 2020.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Watts, Jill. The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt. First edition. New York: Grove Press, 2020. Print.

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