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American Race Crisis Lecture Series Audio Recordings ➔ Current Federal Housing Problems and Other Urban Development Problems

Related people/organizations

Robert C. Weaver (speaker)
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997) (sponsoring body)


February 27 1964


New School Institutional Collections



MLA Citation:

Current Federal Housing Problems and Other Urban Development Problems. February 27 1964. American Race Crisis Lecture Series Audio Recordings. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 19 Aug 2019

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Description TRANSCRIPT

Robert C. Weaver discusses his work as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He gives historical context to the impact of the Great Migration, beginning in 1910, and population shifts in northern urban centers. Weaver describes the prevalence of female-headed households in urban African-American households, and emphasizes the importance of a living wage as a pathway to financial stability. Weaver discusses class stratification within the African-American demographic, specifically as it relates to home ownership and mortgage financing (e.g., redlining); he also describes New York’s fair housing legislation and its mechanisms for the enforcement thereof. He mentions the writings of Eli Ginzburg and E. Franklin Frazier. He also describes the living conditions and general climate faced by Puerto Ricans and Mexican-Americans. During the question and answer period, Weaver emphasizes that poverty and socio-economic inequality is an issue that is not specific to race, and discusses white flight, federally-subsidized housing, and housing quotas in urban areas.