This chapter examines the development of a more forceful black politics in Philadelphia during the late 1930s within the framework of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. It considers how the African Americans' more assertive politics brought them closer to the Democratic Party and looks at the creation of the Philadelphia Housing Authority to guide government housing programs. The chapter shows how New Deal-era housing revealed the possibilities and limits of liberalism for African Americans, and how the National Negro Congress energized Philadelphia's blacks. It also discusses the 1940 election that brought Philadelphia's New Deal-era politics to a close.
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