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Ralph J. Bunche : selected speeches and writings /
edited with an introduction by Charles P. Henry.
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1995.
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x, 329 p.
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0472105892 (alk. paper)
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1995.
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0472105892 (alk. paper)
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1632134
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-10-01:
Virtually forgotten today, Bunche was a prominent player in the early U.N. years, winning a Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 (the first black to do so) for his mediation of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1996-11-01:
Once Ralph Bunche was the most respected of African Americans, admired by whites and blacks alike for rising above race to exemplify the ideals of individual excellence and human brotherhood. A star Collegiate athlete, Bunche earned the first political science PhD awarded from Harvard to a black scholar in the US, taught at Howard University, cofounded the National Negro Congress, then aided Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal on the field research that would become An American Dilemma (1944). During WW II he headed African intelligence for the Office of Strategic Services, then helped coordinate creation of the UN. As UN trusteeship director, Bunche played a key role in the African transition from colonialism to national hegemony. His mediation of the Palestinian troubles won him the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize and status as a black American icon rivaled only by Frederick Douglass a century earlier. Like Douglass, Bunche found in discrimination a challenge and in triumph racial vindication, but both were more than mere "race men." As a young man Bunche viewed race as a wedge between workers. Frightened by fascism at home and abroad, the mature Bunche embraced an imperfect multiracial democracy as what Lincoln had called "the last best hope of Earth." It became fashionable for militants to brand him passe at best, an "Uncle Tom" sellout at worst. Today his legacy is largely forgotten. Skillfully edited with a splendid introduction by Henry (Univ. of California, Berkeley), this outstanding collection of essays evokes a day when the black quest for equal justice attained a degree of dignity lacking in many present-day advocates. All levels. R. A. Fischer University of Minnesota--Duluth
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Ralph J. Bunche: Selected Speeches and Writingsis the only collection currently available of speeches and writings many unpublished and previously unavailable of one of this century's foremost African-American political and intellectual leaders. Bunche was a pioneer in every sense of the word. The first black American to hold a doctorate in political science, Bunche established the political science department at Howard University and co-founded the National Negro Congress. He served as the first African- American section head in the Office of Strategic Services and later moved to the State Department. He played a major part in the delegation that established the United Nations and, when he retired as Under Secretary General, was the highest- ranking black in that organization. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and thus became the first black Nobel laureate. Bunche's thinking and writing was broad, ranging from the political left to the center. Early works flirt with socialist or even Bolshevist ideas, while later works maintained that a flawed American democracy was better than an impending threat of Nazi-influenced fascism. Bunche was one of the first African Americans to do academic work in Africa, forcing him to think through notions of colonialism and class that would influence his work at the United Nations. Although his passion for peace and civil rights never faltered, his relationship with American black movements vascillated from an early embrace of radicalism to a significant distancing during the mid-sixties to a final rapprochement during the last years of his life. A monumental contribution,Ralph J. Bunche: Selected Speeches and Writingsreasserts the thinking of a great American whose views are entirely relevant to a generation still striving for the world Bunche envisioned. Charles P. Henry is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. From the book: "I abhor racism as a dangerous virus, whether it is spread by white or black peoples. I seek total integration, which to me means the Negro taking his place in the very mainstream of American life . . . . My ancestors have contributed very much to the development of this country and therefore I have a vested interest in it that I intend to realize and protect." "It seems painfully clear to me that there is no possibility in the affluent, highly industrialized and technological white-majority American society for anyone to be at once black, separate and equal." "The colonial system in its modern version, implicitly arrogant and self-serving, was instituted and perpetuated chiefly by self-righteous and superior- minded Europeans. Its positive achievements notwithstanding, colonialism's evil legacies will bedevil the world for years to come."
Main Description
Ralph J. Bunche: Selected Speeches and Writings is the only collection currently available of speeches and writings many unpublished and previously unavailable of one of this century's foremost African-American political and intellectual leaders. Bunche was a pioneer in every sense of the word. The first black American to hold a doctorate in political science, Bunche established the political science department at Howard University and co-founded the National Negro Congress. He served as the first African- American section head in the Office of Strategic Services and later moved to the State Department. He played a major part in the delegation that established the United Nations and, when he retired as Under Secretary General, was the highest- ranking black in that organization. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and thus became the first black Nobel laureate. Bunche's thinking and writing was broad, ranging from the political left to the center. Early works flirt with socialist or even Bolshevist ideas, while later works maintained that a flawed American democracy was better than an impending threat of Nazi-influenced fascism. Bunche was one of the first African Americans to do academic work in Africa, forcing him to think through notions of colonialism and class that would influence his work at the United Nations. Although his passion for peace and civil rights never faltered, his relationship with American black movements vascillated from an early embrace of radicalism to a significant distancing during the mid-sixties to a final rapprochement during the last years of his life. A monumental contribution, Ralph J. Bunche: Selected Speeches and Writings reasserts the thinking of a great American whose views are entirely relevant to a generation still striving for the world Bunche envisioned. Charles P. Henry is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. From the book: "I abhor racism as a dangerous virus, whether it is spread by white or black peoples. I seek total integration, which to me means the Negro taking his place in the very mainstream of American life . . . . My ancestors have contributed very much to the development of this country and therefore I have a vested interest in it that I intend to realize and protect." "It seems painfully clear to me that there is no possibility in the affluent, highly industrialized and technological white-majority American society for anyone to be at once black, separate and equal." "The colonial system in its modern version, implicitly arrogant and self-serving, was instituted and perpetuated chiefly by self-righteous and superior- minded Europeans. Its positive achievements notwithstanding, colonialism's evil legacies will bedevil the world for years to come."
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Early Years
That Man May Dwell in Peace (1926)p. 17
Across the Generation Gap (1926-27)p. 21
Negro Political Philosophy (1928)p. 27
Marxism and the 'Negro Question' (1929)p. 35
American Politics
A Critical Analysis of the Tactics and Programs of Minority Groups (1935)p. 49
A Critique of New Deal Social Planning as It Affects Negroes (1936)p. 63
The Problems of Organizations Devoted to the Improvement of the Status of the American Negro (1939)p. 71
Introduction to a Confidential Report to the Republican Party (1939)p. 85
The Negro in the Political Life of the U.S. (1941)p. 93
Africa
French Educational Policy in Togoland and Dahomey (1934)p. 115
Africa and the Current World Conflict (1940)p. 143
The Irua Ceremony among the Kikuyu of Kiambu District, Kenya (1941)p. 149
The United Nations
Man, Democracy, and Peace - Foundations for Peace: Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950)p. 165
Review and Appraisal of Israeli-Arab Relations (1951)p. 175
The UN Operation in the Congo (1964)p. 189
Race, Education, and Human Rights
What Is Race? (1936)p. 207
The Role of the University in the Political Orientation of Negro Youth (1940)p. 221
The Framework for a Course in Negro History (1940)p. 231
NAACP Convention Address (1951)p. 239
Gandhian Seminar (1952)p. 249
March on Montgomery Speech (1965)p. 259
Iconography
Nothing Is Impossible for the Negro (1949)p. 263
What America Means to Me (1950)p. 267
Black Power and Blackism
Upheavals in the Ghettos (1967)p. 279
The Black Revolution (1968)p. 297
Race and Alienation (1969)p. 305
Notesp. 317
Indexp. 325
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