Season 5, Episode 8 | Jill Watts
Fighting for equity: African-American struggles in the '20s and '30s
In this How to Fix Democracy episode, host Andrew Keen talks to Jill Watts, author of The Black Cabinet, about the untold story of African Americans and politics during the age of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. That history, from the end of World War I deep into the years of the New Deal, reveals high expectations and hopes followed by deep disappointments and betrayals. Challenged once again, American democracy failed to meet the needs of its African-American population and the equal benefits of citizenship.
Jill Watts is a Professor Emeritus of History at California State University San Marcos where she currently teaches United States Social and Cultural History, African American History, Film History, and Digital History. Jill is the author of The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt.