Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India

Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India

by Nico Slate
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674059670

ISBN-13: 9780674059672

Pub. Date: 01/15/2012

Publisher: Harvard

A hidden history connects India and the United States, the world’s two largest democracies. From the late nineteenth century through the 1960s, activists worked across borders of race and nation to push both countries toward achieving their democratic principles. At the heart of this shared struggle, African Americans and Indians forged bonds ranging from

Overview

A hidden history connects India and the United States, the world’s two largest democracies. From the late nineteenth century through the 1960s, activists worked across borders of race and nation to push both countries toward achieving their democratic principles. At the heart of this shared struggle, African Americans and Indians forged bonds ranging from statements of sympathy to coordinated acts of solidarity. Within these two groups, certain activists developed a colored cosmopolitanism, a vision of the world that transcended traditional racial distinctions. These men and women agitated for the freedom of the “colored world,” even while challenging the meanings of both color and freedom.

Colored Cosmopolitanism is the first detailed examination of both ends of this transnational encounter. Nico Slate tells the stories of neglected historical figures, like the “Eurasian” scholar Cedric Dover, and offers a stunning glimpse of people we thought we knew. Prominent figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Swami Vivekananda, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King Jr. emerge as never before seen. Slate reveals the full gamut of this exchange--from selective appropriations, to blatant misunderstandings, to a profound empathy--as African Americans and South Asians sought a united front against racism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674059672
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/15/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Words like Freedom 1

1 Race, Caste, and Nation 6

2 Racial Diplomacy 36

3 Colored Cosmopolitanism 65

4 Soul Force 93

5 Global Double Victory 125

6 Building a Third World 161

7 Nonviolence and the Nation 202

Conclusion: The Reflection of What Is 243

Note on Usage 257

Notes 259

Acknowledgments 315

Index 317

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