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Plant My Feet on Higher Ground

Plant My Feet on Higher Ground

Archibald J. Carey Jr. And the National GOP

(p.114) Chapter 6 Plant My Feet on Higher Ground
African American Preachers and Politics
Dennis C. Dickerson
University Press of Mississippi

The rough-and-tumble of Chicago politics did not deter Archibald J. Carey Jr., who maintained his strong commitment to public theology and his belief in the Republican Party as an effective vehicle for advancing the civil rights of African Americans. He remained steadfast in his conviction that clergy should be involved in electoral politics to push policies and initiatives that would benefit the disadvantaged. To achieve this objective, Carey forged a close alliance with Illinois senator Everett M. Dirksen and became an enthusiastic supporter of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns. He was rewarded with political favors and appointments that satisfied his political aspirations and helped him advance black civil rights. Under the Eisenhower administration, Carey served on various United Nations committees and as a spokesman for American foreign policy. However, he would later defect to the Democratic Party.

Keywords:   electoral politics, Chicago, Archibald J. Carey, public theology, Republican Party, civil rights, African Americans, Everett M. Dirksen, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Democratic Party

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