Robert Clifton Weaver: “The New Deal and the Negro: A Look at the Facts”

(1935)

Robert Clifton Weaver’s article “The New Deal and the Negro: A Look at the Facts” is a spirited defense of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs in the face of mounting criticism from the African American community. Published in the July 1935 issue of Opportunity Journal, the oldest official magazine of the National Urban League, Weaver’s essay acknowledged problems of discrimination in some of the Great Depression–era relief efforts, yet argued that these efforts had, in fact, greatly alleviated the economic woes facing the black community.

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African Americans living in the slums of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, during the era of the New Deal (Library of Congress)

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