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Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy

Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy

by Mary L. Dudziak
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691152431
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/31/2011
Series: Politics and Society in Modern America , #75
Edition description: With a New preface by the author
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 290,156
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary L. Dudziak is professor of law, history, and political science at the University of Southern California. Her books include Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey, September 11 in History, and Legal Borderlands.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii
Preface to the 2011 Edition xv
CHAPTER 1: Coming to Terms with Cold War Civil Rights 18
CHAPTER 2: Telling Stories about Race and Democracy 47
CHAPTER 3: Fighting the Cold War with Civil Rights Reform 79
CHAPTER 4: Holding the Line in Little Rock 115
CHAPTER 5: Losing Control in Camelot 152
CHAPTER 6: Shifting the Focus of America’s Image Abroad 203
Notes 255
Acknowledgments 311
Index 317

What People are Saying About This

Elaine Tyler May

This book is a tour de force. Dudziak's brilliant analysis shows that the Cold War had a profound impact on the civil rights movement. Hers is the first book to make this important connection. It is a major contribution to our understanding of both the Civil Rights movement and the Cold War itself. . . . Because it is beautifully written in clear, lively prose, and draws its analysis from dramatic events and compelling stories of people involved from the top level of government to the grass roots, it will be an outstanding book for both students and the general public. I recommend it with no hesitation and with great enthusiasm.
Elaine Tyler May, author of "Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era"

Richard Delgado

Reinhold Niebuhr once commented that blacks cannot count on the altruism of whites for improvements in blacks' condition. Readers who think Niebuhr's remark was unfair to whites need to read this book. Mary Dudziak documents, in impressive detail, how the self-interest of elite whites instigated, shaped, and limited civil rights gains for blacks during the Cold War years. Raises serious questions about the future of racial justice in America.
Richard Delgado, Jean Lindsley Professor of Law, University of Colorado

Brenda Plummer

This book reflects a growing interest among historians in the global significance of race. . . . It is accessible and will have multiple uses as an approach to civil rights history, as an examination of policy making, and as a model of how a study can be attentive to both foreign and domestic aspects of a particular issue. It is tightly argued, coherent, and polished, and it features some particularly fine writing.
Brenda Plummer, author of "Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960"

Gerald Horne

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Mary Dudziak's book makes a spectacularly illuminating contribution to a subject traditionally neglected—the linkage between race relations and foreign policy: neither African-American history nor diplomatic history will be the same again.
Gerald Horne, author of "Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois"

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