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Title African Americans in U.S. foreign policy : from the era of Frederick Douglass to the age of Obama / edited by Linda Heywood, Allison Blakely, Charles Stith, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz
Published Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, 2015
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Contents Preface : reflections of a black ambassador / Walter C. Carrington -- Blacks in the U.S. diplomatic and consular services, 1869-1924 / Allison Blakely -- A new Negro foreign policy : the critical vision of Alain Locke and Ralph Bunche / Jeffrey C. Stewart -- Carl Rowan and the dilemma of civil rights, propaganda, and the Cold War / Michael L. Krenn -- Reconstruction's revival : the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention and the roots of black populist diplomacy / Brandi Hughes -- White shame/black agency : race as a weapon in post-World War I diplomacy / Vera Ingrid Grant -- Goodwill ambassadors : African American athletes and U.S. cultural diplomacy, 1947-1969 / Damion Thomas -- The paradox of jazz diplomacy : race and culture in the Cold War / Lisa Davenport -- African American representatives in the United Nations : from Ralph Bunche to Susan Rice / Lorenzo Morris -- Obama, African Americans, and Africans : the double vision / Ibrahim Sundiata -- Epilogue : the impact of African Americans on U.S. foreign policy / Charles R. Stith
Summary "Bookended by remarks from African American diplomats Walter C. Carrington and Charles Stith, the essays in this volume use close readings of speeches, letters, historical archives, diaries, and memoirs of policymakers and newly available FBI files to confront much-neglected questions related to race and foreign relations in the United States. Why, for instance, did African Americans profess loyalty and support for the diplomatic initiatives of a nation that undermined their social, political, and economic well-being through racist policies and cultural practices? Other contributions explore African Americans' history in the diplomatic and consular services and the influential roles of cultural ambassadors like Joe Louis and Louis Armstrong. The volume concludes with an analysis of the effects on race and foreign policy in the administration of Barack Obama. Groundbreaking and critical, African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy expands on the scope and themes of recent collections to offer the most up-to-date scholarship to students in a range of disciplines, including U.S. and African American history, Africana studies, political science, and American studies"-- Provided by publisher
"Bookended by remarks from two African American diplomats, Walter C. Carrington and Charles Stith, this volume incorporates the perspectives of scholars and practitioners of U.S. foreign policy on questions of race and foreign relations. Contributors begin with the late 1800s, examining both the roles of formally appointed African American diplomats and the broader early roles of African American religious, military, and educational institutions in foreign policy. Together, the essays confront several tensions within the field, including the paradox of loyalty, or why African Americans would profess loyalty and support the diplomatic initiatives of a nation which persisted in undermining their social, political, and economic well being through racist policies and cultural practices. Most essays depend on close readings of primary source materials including speeches, letters, historical archives, diaries, and memoirs of policymakers and newly available FBI files. Other essays address the less formal but no less influential roles of African American cultural ambassadors, such as Joe Louis, Louis Armstrong, and hip hop artists. The volume concludes with analysis of the effects on race and foreign policy of President Barack Obama, who was both a beacon of hope and a disappointment to observers of U.S. foreign policy both stateside and abroad"-- Provided by publisher
Notes This volume originated in the conference "African Americans and U.S. Foreign Policy" held at Boston University on October 26-28, 2010
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Racism -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century -- Citizen participation.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century -- Social aspects.
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Blakely, Allison, 1940- editor
Heywood, Linda M. (Linda Marinda), 1945- editor
Stith, Charles R., editor
Yesnowitz, Joshua C., author, editor
ISBN 0252096835 (electronic bk.)
9780252096839 (electronic bk.)