Window on Freedom: Race, Civil Rights, and Foreign Affairs, 1945-1988 / Edition 1

Window on Freedom: Race, Civil Rights, and Foreign Affairs, 1945-1988 / Edition 1

by Brenda Gayle Plummer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080785428X

ISBN-13: 9780807854280

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The civil rights movement in the United States drew strength from supporters of human rights worldwide. Once U.S. policy makers—influenced by international pressure, the courage of ordinary American citizens, and a desire for global leadership—had signed such documents as the United Nations charter, domestic calls for change could be based squarely on the

Overview

The civil rights movement in the United States drew strength from supporters of human rights worldwide. Once U.S. policy makers—influenced by international pressure, the courage of ordinary American citizens, and a desire for global leadership—had signed such documents as the United Nations charter, domestic calls for change could be based squarely on the moral authority of doctrines the United States endorsed abroad.

This is one of the many fascinating links between racial politics and international affairs explored in Window on Freedom. Broad in chronological scope and topical diversity, the ten original essays presented here demonstrate how the roots of U.S. foreign policy have been embedded in social, economic, and cultural factors of domestic as well as foreign origin. They argue persuasively that the campaign to realize full civil rights for racial and ethnic minorities in America is best understood in the context of competitive international relations.

The contributors are Carol Anderson, Donald R. Culverson, Mary L. Dudziak, Cary Fraser, Gerald Horne, Michael Krenn, Paul Gordon Lauren, Thomas Noer, Lorena Oropeza, and Brenda Gayle Plummer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807854280
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,067,144
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Seen from the Outside: The International Perspective on America's Dilemma21
Race from Power: U.S. Foreign Policy and the General Crisis of White Supremacy45
Brown Babies: Race, Gender, and Policy after World War II67
Bleached Souls and Red Negroes: The NAACP and Black Communists in the Early Cold War, 1948-1952
An American Dilemma: Race and Realpolitik in the American Response to the Bandung Conference, 1955115
Segregationists and the World: The Foreign Policy of the White Resistance141
The Unwelcome Mat: African Diplomats in Washington, D.C., during the Kennedy Years163
Birmingham, Addis Ababa, and the Image of America: International Influence on U.S. Civil Rights Politics in the Kennedy Administration181
Antiwar Aztlan: The Chicano Movement Opposes U.S. Intervention in Vietnam201
From Cold War to Global Interdependence: The Political Economy of African American Antiapartheid Activism, 1968-1988221
Selected Bibliography239
Contributors251
Index253

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