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How Far the Promised Land? : World Affairs and the American Civil Rights Movement from the First World War to Vietnam - Jonathan Rosenberg

How Far the Promised Land?

World Affairs and the American Civil Rights Movement from the First World War to Vietnam

Hardcover Published: 23rd October 2005
ISBN: 9780691007069
Number Of Pages: 336

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"How Far the Promised Land?" explores the relationship between overseas developments and the most important reform movement in modern American history, the struggle for racial justice. Interweaving civil rights history, U.S. foreign relations history, and twentieth-century international history, the book contributes to the emerging effort to reconceptualize the study of America's past by locating it in a global context. In examining the link between international developments and the quest for racial justice, Jonathan Rosenberg argues that civil rights leaders were profoundly interested in the world beyond America and incorporated their understanding of overseas matters into their reform program in order to fortify and legitimize the message they presented to their followers, the nation, and the international community.

The book considers how a cosmopolitan group of black and white, male and female race reform leaders purposively deployed World War I and the peace settlement, the decolonization struggles in Africa and Asia, the emergence of communism and fascism, World War II, and the Cold War to help realize their domestic aspirations. Rosenberg sets this complex story against the backdrop of America's growing activism on the world stage, a development that would have significant positive implications for the domestic struggle. Central to the work is the notion that race reform leaders were animated by the idea of "color-conscious internationalism," a distinctive outlook that would affect the trajectory and momentum of the civil rights movement.

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"Jonathan Rosenberg, describing 'color-conscious internationalism', demonstrated how the men and women who struggled to win equality for black Americans used world affairs--and especially wars--to advance their cause... Rosenberg does a superb job of analyzing the interplay of world affairs and the quest for racial justice in the United States from 1914 to the 1960s."--Warren I. Cohen, International History Review

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Color-Conscious Internationalism and the Twentieth-Century Strugglep. 1
World War I and the Peace Settlement
Prelude: "Yours for World Democracy": Journeys to Parisp. 15
"Let Us Be True to Our Mission": Race Reform and the World Warp. 19
"The Morning Cometh": The Signi .cance of the Peacep. 51
Between the Wars
"From Deep in the Heart of Russia": The Reformers Look Abroad in the 1920sp. 75
"Sounds Suspiciously like Miami": The Turbulent World of the 1930sp. 101
From World War II to Vietnam
"Democracy Should Begin at Home": The Struggle for Equality and the Second World Warp. 131
"To Help Save the World": Seeking Race Reform,1945 -1950p. 156
"Struggling to Save America": The Reformers and the World of the 1950sp. 185
"I've Seen the Promised Land": Triumph and Tragedy in the 1960sp. 214
Postlude: World Affairs and the Domestic Crusadep. 229
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780691007069
ISBN-10: 0691007063
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 23rd October 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61