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Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff

Abstract

In the 1930s, the Roosevelt administration—unwilling to antagonize a powerful southern congressional bloc—refused to endorse legislation that openly sought to improve political, economic, and social conditions for African Americans. Instead, as this book shows, the administration recognized and celebrated African Americans by offering federal support to notable black intellectuals, celebrities, and artists. The book illustrates how programs within the Federal Arts Projects and several war agencies gave voice to such notable African Americans as Lena Horne, Joe Louis, Duke Ellington, and Richar ... More

Keywords: Roosevelt, African Americans, Federal Arts Projects, New Deal, race relations, multiracial nation, Lena Horne, Joe Louis, Duke Ellington, Richard Wright

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833124
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899243_sklaroff

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, author