Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other? / Edition 1

Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other? / Edition 1

by Charles P. Henry, Sir Francis Darwin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814735835

ISBN-13: 9780814735831

Pub. Date: 02/01/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

Activist, international statesman, reluctant black leader, scholar, icon, father and husband, Ralph Bunche is one of the most complicated and fascinating figures in the history of twentieth- century America. Bunche played a central role in shaping international relations from the 1940s through the 1960s, first as chief of the Africa section of the Office of

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Activist, international statesman, reluctant black leader, scholar, icon, father and husband, Ralph Bunche is one of the most complicated and fascinating figures in the history of twentieth- century America. Bunche played a central role in shaping international relations from the 1940s through the 1960s, first as chief of the Africa section of the Office of Strategic Services and then as part of the State Department group working to establish the United Nations. After moving to the U.N. as Director of Trusteeship, he became the first black Nobel Laureate in 1950 and was subsequently named Undersecretary of the U.N.

For nearly a decade, he was the most celebrated contemporary African American both domestically and abroad. Today he is virtually forgotten.

Charles Henry's penetrating biography counters this historical tragedy, recapturing the essence of Bunche’s service to America and the world. Moreover, Henry ably demonstrates how Bunche's rise and fall as a public symbol tells us as much about America as it does about Bunche. His iconic status, like that of other prominent, mainstream black figures like Colin Powell, required a constant struggle over the relative importance of his racial identity and his national identity. Henry's biography shines as both the recovered story of a classic American, and as a case study in the racial politics of public service.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814735831
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Prologue1
1 19037
2 Reverse Migration20
3 The New Deal's "BlackYard"32
4 The Black Intellectual48
5 The New Africa65
6 An African American Dilemma89
7 From the Outside--In120
8 Pioneer Peacekeeper142
9 The Model Negro156
10 Loyalities: Family, Profession, Race, and Nation168
11 The Cold War and the Congo182
12 The Cultural Politics of Civil Rights212
13 Black Power and "Blackism"229
Epilogue241
Notes251
Index291
About the Author299

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