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Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle$
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Darius J. Young

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056272

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056272.001.0001

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Man of Destiny

Man of Destiny

(p.77) Man of Destiny
Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle

Darius J. Young

University Press of Florida

This chapter begins with the tragic loss of Church’s wife, Sallie. It also covers the height of Church’s influence as a black political leader as he becomes an advisor for Presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge. It also shows how critical Church was of the Republican Party, as he constantly warned the leaders of the GOP of the possible defection of black support as a result of their failed promises. Finally, it provides a closer look into the relationship between Church and Boss E.H. Crump on a local level and how Church negotiated opportunities for the black community in exchange for supporting Crump’s Democratic machine politics.

Keywords:   Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, Boss E.H. Crump, Machine politics

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