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Author Elam-Thomas, Harriet Lee, 1941- author

Title Diversifying diplomacy : my journey from Roxbury to Dakar / Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas with Jim Robison ; foreword by Allan E. Goodman ; preface by John C. Bersia
Published [Lincoln, NE] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 205 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates)
Series ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy series
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Summary "The firsthand account of Harriet Elam-Thomas, or "the little Elam girl" from Boston, whose decades-long effort as a woman of color distinguished her as a successful diplomat"-- Provided by publisher
"Today, diverse women of all hues represent this country overseas. Some have called this development the "Hillary Effect." But well before our most recent female secretary of state there was Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve in that capacity, and later Condoleezza Rice. Beginning at a more junior post in the Department of State in 1971, there was"the little Elam girl" from Boston. Diversifying Diplomacytells the story ofHarriet Lee Elam-Thomas, a young black woman who beat the odds and challenged the status quo.Inspired by the strong women in her life, shefollowed in the footsteps of the few women who had gone before her in her effort to make the Foreign Service reflect the diverse faces of the United States.The youngest child of parents who left the segregated Old South to raise their family in Massachusetts, Elam-Thomas distinguished herself with a diplomatic career at a time when few colleagues looked like her. Elam-Thomas's memoir is a firsthand account of her decades-long career in the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service, recountingher experiences of making U.S. foreign policy, culture, and values understood abroad. Elam-Thomas served as a United States ambassador to Senegal (2000-2002) and retired with the rank of career minister after forty-two years as a diplomat. Diversifying Diplomacypresents thejourney of this successful woman,who not only found herself confronted by some of the world's heftier problems but also helped ensure that new shepherds of honesty and authenticity would follow in her international footsteps for generations to come."-- Provided by publisher
Notes "An ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy book."
Includes index
Place of publication from publisher's website
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 13, 2017)
Subject Elam-Thomas, Harriet Lee, 1941-
African American diplomats -- Biography.
Diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
Women diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
Senegal -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
United States -- Foreign relations -- Senegal.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Robison, Jim, 1952- author
LC no. 2017044326
ISBN 1612349803 (electronic bk.)
161234982X (electronic bk.)
9781612349800 (electronic bk.)
9781612349824 (electronic bk.)
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