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Author McMahon, Kevin J.
Title Reconsidering Roosevelt on race : how the presidency paved the road to Brown / Kevin J. McMahon.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Author McMahon, Kevin J.
Subject Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 -- Relations with African Americans.
United States. Supreme Court -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (x, 298 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-285) and index.
Contents The day they drove old Dixie down -- The incongruities of reform : rights-centered liberalism and legal realism in the early New Deal years -- FDR's constitutional vision and the defeat of the court-packing plan : the modern presidency and the enemies of institutional reform -- Approving legislation for the people, preserving liberties--almost rewriting laws : the politics of creating the Roosevelt court -- A constitutional purge : Southern democracy, lynch law, and the Roosevelt Justice Department -- The commitment continues : Truman, Eisenhower, and the civil rights decisions -- The road the court trod.
Summary 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 ap.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780226561127 (electronic bk.)
0226561127 (electronic bk.)
9780226500867 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226500861 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780226500881 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0226500888 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0226500861 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226500888 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 593356253
Additional Format Print version: McMahon, Kevin J. Reconsidering Roosevelt on race. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2004 9780226500881 (DLC) 2003008350 (OCoLC)52121332

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