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The African American voice in U.S. foreign policy since World War II /
edited with introductions by Michael L. Krenn.
New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
x, 302 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0815329598 (alk. paper)
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New York : Garland Pub., 1998.
0815329598 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Main Description
Explores the concept of "race" The term "race," which originally denoted genealogical or class identity, has in the comparatively brief span of 300 years taken on an entirely new meaning. In the wake of the Enlightenment it came to be applied to social groups. This ideological transformation coupled with a dogmatic insistence that the groups so designated were natural, and not socially created, gave birth to the modern notion of "races" as genetically distinct entities. The results of this view were the encoding of "race" and "racial" hierarchies in law, literature, and culture. How "racial" categories facilitate social control The articles in the series demonstrate that the classification of humans according to selected physical characteristics was an arbitrary decision that was not based on valid scientific method. They also examine the impact of colonialism on the propagation of the concept and note that "racial" categorization is a powerful social force that is often used topromote the interests of dominant social groups. Finally, the collection surveys how laws based on "race" have been enacted around the world to deny power to minority groups. A multidisciplinary resource This collection of outstanding articles brings multiple perspectives to bear on race theory and draws on a wider ranger of periodicals than even the largest library usually holds. Even if all the articles were available on campus, chances are that a student would have to track them down in several libraries and microfilm collections. Providing, of course, that no journals were reserved for graduate students, out for binding, or simply missing. This convenient set saves students substantial time and effort by making available all the key articles in one reliable source. Authoritative commentary The series editor has put together a balanced selection of the most significant works, accompanied by expert commentary. A general introduction gives important background informationand outlines fundamental issues, current scholarship, and scholarly controversies. Introductions to individual volumes put the articles in context and draw attention to germinal ideas and major shifts in the field. After reading the material, even a beginning student will have an excellent grasp of the basics of the subject.
Unpaid Annotation
This volume focuses specifically on the role of African Americans in U.S. foreign policy since World War II, where the fight for civil rights and equality at home quickly spilled over into concerns regarding race and foreign policy. A tremendous interest in the decolonization of Africa, efforts to have an African American voice heard in the United Nations and in domestic debates about America's diplomacy, and protest against the Vietnam War were all indications that for many African Americans race was now a global issue.
Table of Contents
Series Introduction
Volume Introduction
American Negroes and U.S. Foreign Policy: 1937-1967p. 2
American Black Leaders: The Response to Colonialism and the Cold War, 1943-1953p. 35
Black Critics of Colonialism and the Cold Warp. 53
Evolution of the Black Foreign Policy Constituencyp. 89
The Cold War: Its Impact on the Black Liberation Struggle Within the United States - Parts I and IIp. 104
Josephine Baker, Racial Protest, and the Cold Warp. 135
Ralph Bunche and Afro-American Participation in Decolonizationp. 163
From Hope to Disillusion: African Americans, the United Nations, and the Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1947p. 181
Hands Across the Water: Afro-American Lawyers and the Decolonization of Southern Africap. 214
The Civil-Rights Movement and American Foreign Policyp. 233
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the War in Vietnamp. 255
Blacks and the Vietnam Warp. 277
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
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