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The Black CabinetRgest black jobs program in the New Deal at the WPA; and Robert Vann a newspaper publisher whose unstinting reporting on the administration's shortcomings would keep his erstwhile colleagues honest Ralph Bunche Walter White of the NAACP A Philip Randolph and others are part of the story as well But the Black Cabinet was never officially recognized by FDR and with the demise of the New Deal it disappeared from historyJill Watts's The Black Cabinet is a dramatic full scale examination of a forgotten moment that speaks directly to our ow. I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisherWhen we think about the strides made in civil rights for African Americans in the US today we usually think back to the 1960s and the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Others even further back to WEB Du Bois and Marcus Garvey However much or at least not enough attention has been paid to the group known as the Black Cabinet a group whose exploits are chronicled in the book the Black Cabinet The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt by Jill Watts In this book Watts covers the beginnings and decline of this group of black federal employees under the Theodore Roosevelt and its reemergence under the presidency of FDR with the likes of Mary Mcleod Bethune William Hastie and others Watts looks at their struggle to obtain the benefits of the New Deal for African Americans keep their jobs in the federal government and not look like they were selling out to the black community when at times it looked like their efforts were not successful Watts does an excellent job of relating their highs and lows bringing the lives of these incredible African American men and women into focus This book goes to remind the reader that much of the advances in civil rights has been through the vocal and silent efforts of black federal administrators and grassroots organizations demanding changes rather than it being handed to them I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and receiving an education on this part of American historyRating 55 stars Would highly recommend to a friend

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Ficial advisory council to lobby the President But with the white Southern vote so important to the fortunes of the Party the path would be far from smoothMost prominent in the Black Cabinet were Mary McLeod Bethune an educator close to Eleanor Roosevelt and her boys Robert Weaver a Harvard educated economist who pioneered enforcement standards for federal anti discrimination guidelines and years later the first African American Cabinet secretary; Bill Hastie a lawyer who would become a federal appellate judge; Al Smith head of the la. I admit that I'm leery of reading books about black historical events by white authors The voice feels condescending at times and most always tends to be sympathetic to the white people that had to coexist among black people GASP Jill Watts delivered a well researched and thorough work of nonfiction in The Black Cabinet The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt The evolution of it's members the backstory of the Republican and Democratic parties and the vital role The Black Cabinet played in the Presidential elections of that era leading to FDR's tenure and his New DealOn than a dozen occasions I found myself comparing the political and racial climate of today to that of the 1930s and 1940s The blantant disregard for black lives until their vote is needed The publicly racist views of a president andor his lack of a response to acts of terrorism towards black people speaking volumes to and empowering the racists of the country to express their rage toward the innocent is ever present today The similarities between 1932 and 2020 do not surprise me It saddens me Yet there's always a voice or 4 unafraid to speak for the voiceless As a native of Daytona Beach Florida Mary McLeod Bethune and her institution Bethune Cookman College University were engrained in me History right next door I was familiar with her role as an educator and advocate for womens' rights Her involvement with The Black Cabinet and role as a political influencer has not been given it's just due until now Jill Watts beautifully chronicles the evolution of The Black Cabinet and how influential this group was in advocating for African Americans while simultaneously battling racism nepotism and all the other isms of the day FDR was a key figure but this story focuses on Mary McLeod Bethune the defacto leader nurturing and inspiring the other key members of The Black Cabinet Robert Vann Bill Hastie Robert Weaver and Al Smith Reading about this strong black woman leading this suadron of strong black men was moving for me The bright and bold Black Americans named in this book is a true gift and a piece of our American history that should be told and shared Thank you to NetGalley and Jill Watts for an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review

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The Black Cabinet Read & download Ì 102 Ï In the early 20th century most African Americans still lived in the South disenfranchised impoverished terrorized by white violence and denied the basic rights of citizenship As the Democrats swept into the White House on a wave of black defectors from the Party of Lincoln a group of African AmericanIn the early 20th century most African Americans still lived in the South disenfranchised impoverished terrorized by white violence and denied the basic rights of citizenship As the Democrats swept into the White House on a wave of black defectors from the Party of Lincoln a group of African American intellectuals legal minds social scientists media folk sought to get the community's needs on the table This would become the Black Cabinet a group of African American racial affairs experts working throughout the New Deal forming an unof. First and foremost a large thank you to NetGalley Jill Watts Grove Atlantic and Grove Press for providing me with a copy of this publication which allows me to provide you with an unbiased reviewI stumbled upon this book by Jill Watts a while back and thought that it would make the perfect addition to my collection as I seek to open my mind about all things related to politics and history particularly those that were not as well known As race clashes rise to the surface once again on America Watts takes the reader back in time to after the dust of the Civil War and one president in particular who sought to begin offering a degree of racial euality Watts explores how the freeing of the slaves and those who were oppressed came slowly to American society so used to having the ineuality in place Watts hints that some of the post War presidents flirted with the idea of advisors and those who could speak for the black population though no one really gave much effort until Theodore Roosevelt during his time in the White House Teddy opened some doors but things within the Republican Party began to fray for the African American population as it soon became apparent that Roosevelt was giving only lip service to the needs and desires of the black population With the Great Depression and the ushering in of a new dawn with Franklin Roosevelt there seemed to be hope particularly when the new President Roosevelt wanted advisors within many of the government agencies who were African Americans shaping the approach of service delivery as well as a different approach to how America might be run While not a formal inner circle there was a loose name given to this group the Black Cabinet This group would meet and their uasi leader Mary McLean Bethune was a strong advocate holding FDR and the larger government machine accountable While the New Deal was being apportioned out Bethune liaised regularly with FDR and his wife and kept up a rigorous speaking tour to rally citizens towards the rights of blacks in this new and adventurous country This continued and Bethune stumped for FDR’s re election happily helping Democrats toss off the image of the party for slavery as the roles were reversed Bethune did all she could using others within the Black Cabinet to help her giving hope to a population who were so used to being oppressed Watts shows how new issues were explored through the Black lens and FDR relied on Bethune and her advisors to offer solutions However as war rumbled in Europe the New Deal began to show weakness though FDR held firm to using Bethune’s power of drumming up support to ensure an unprecedented third term in the White House With that the neutrality that FDR pitched was in name only as funds were shifted around to support a war effort Bethune sought to capitalize on this seeking black participation in all aspects of military life and integration as a key part of the entire process Military officials balked and pushed back as much as they could though FDR knew he would have to offer something or turn his back on Bethune and the Black Cabinet sure to alienate the voting base they controlled Into the 1940s American sentiments shifted and there was no longer a New Deal sentiment Watts closes her book out in the early days after FDR’s 1944 presidential victory With the win FDR sought to end the war though his health ended him first With his passing so went the push for the Black Cabinet and strong advocacy for black rights It did return in the form of other leaders but Watts argues that none had the ear of or the inner connection to the African American population that FDR held A powerful book and eye opening for those who enjoy this sort of piece I’d recommended it to fans of US political history as well as those who find race relations to their liking I won’t profess to being an expert at all on this subject and read it out of interest I enjoyed how Watts took the reader through the backstory of post Civil War America and how it came together effectively to show the sentiments of the new ‘black’ population those who mattered and were no longer simply chattel The rise to importance of this race seeking euality can be seen in the early part of the book though things were slow and somewhat stilted as the population and politicians sought to come to terms with this new attempted euality Watts explores the interest FDR took in the movement and how he was kept in the loop repeatedly by those he felt could offer him a new ‘black’ perspective Watts breaks things up along the FDR presidential elections showing how important the black voice and vote became as time contained with Mary McLean Bethune acting as a conduit throughout the process With chapters that show the advancement or reversion of policies as they play into the hands of the black population Watts shows how things wax and wane at different times With decent chapter lengths and a great deal of information the reader can digest the topics with ease helped along by a chronological narrative that flows with ease Watts develops her strong points throughout and shows that FDR was a harbinger for better race relations in the United States though there was surely much that needed to be done However he took the black voice seriously not pretending to speak for them but using some of their own to speak to him Brilliantly penned and something I will return to read again of that I am sureKudos Madam Watts for shedding such a needed light on the topic at hand I learned so very much from this book and cannot wait to try of your workLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge