Robert Putnam has been described as the most influential academic in the world today. His book Bowling Alone seems to have struck a chord with many concerned with the state of public life. Is the hype justified? His ideas have popped up in speeches by George W.
Mary Dudziak demonstrates the interaction between domestic and foreign policy as international attention focused on discrimination in America. Racial injustice in the United States simply did not square with the narrative of American democracy projected to the world, and segregation, racial violence and protest, lynching, economic and social inequities were well publicized overseas.
The American racial paradigm fueled the anti-American Soviet propaganda machine as well. After exposing the hypocrisy of racism, The Negro in American Life proceeds to present a benign picture of contemporary conditions for African-Americans, citing the presence of wealthy businessmen, professionals, landowners, and then acknowledging that much remains to be done, however, the gap is closing.
Democracy made the achievement of social justice possible. The story demonstrated the Cold War argument of the superiority of democracy over totalitarianism. Richard Wright, James Baldwin and other authors and artists relocated to Paris and frequently challenged American racial conditions and policies; the FBI placed them under surveillance.
The State Department confiscated the passports of W. DuBois and Paul Robeson after they criticized American racism abroad. Prominent singer and dancer, Josephine Baker had fled to Paris in the s when discrimination in America limited her career to stereotypical vaudeville roles.
She used her celebrity status to call attention to conditions of racism in America; however, having given up her citizenship by the s, the government had no overt recourse to restricting her. Instead, they sought to discredit her through public investigation of possible ties to communism, silencing the local press in foreign countries where Baker spoke, and creating behind-the-scenes methods to discredit her both internationally and in the United States.
Even while the government sought to control the overseas message, presidential administrations during this time period recognized the need to demonstrate that the Cold War imperative also demanded social change.
He urged Congress to pass civil rights legislation that would outlaw lynching, protect voting rights, and establish a permanent civil rights commission, suggestions that failed because of the preponderance of Southern democrats on relevant committees.
Foiled by Congress, however, Truman utilized the power of the executive and legislative branches to position the federal government ideologically. Or, to be more exact, like a gigantic ghetto.
Dudziak believes that the Civil Rights Act of and the Voting Rights Act of were among the factors that helped the idea of American racial progress to take hold overseas.
The government hastened to construct its message in a pamphlet entitled for the Dignity of Man, illustrating the document with interracial photographs depicting a middle-class, integrated world—a mythical dwelling place for most African-Americans in the mid-sixties.
Foreign coverage of American racial problems diminished. Foreign relations, and therefore the Cold War imperative for civil rights reform, would wane even as American racial conflict showed no signs of disappearing. The war in Vietnam took center stage, pushing civil rights issues out of the international limelight.
Commentary Lee Ann Ghajar, Fall Dudziak opens a little-explored category of analysis through uniting civil rights and diplomatic history. Progress on civil rights equated to progress in foreign affairs.
As Dudziak points out, however, grassroots movements created the original thrust to place civil rights on presidential agendas.
Yet it was the movement that generated this worldwide interest. And the world reciprocated, placing new poer in the movement's hands. Kennedy is portrayed as the reluctant civil rights president, whose commitment to civil rights grew throughout his administration.
Branch argues that the Kennedy administration remained in the camp of expediency on civil rights issues, despite the extraordinary attention the movement demanded from the administration.
Kennedy's oratorical skills had created a public image of a civil rights hero; insiders, including Martin Luther King questioned the depth of his commitment.
Dudziak, however, relies on sources, including Kennedy advisor Harris Wofford, who believed the president's commitment to civil rights deepened prior to his assassination. As Johnson left office, a civil rights backlash began, not only in the south, but across the country, in response to more than a decade of civil unrest that had begun with a non-violent approach to civil rights and evolved into a cacophony of dissent.
At home and abroad, Vietnam and a quest for law and order eclipsed the much of the practical manifestation of civil rights ideology.Kennedy faced a choice between two strategies: pursue a military solution, with a 60, man commitment of American ground troops in southern Laos considered; or adapt a major shift in policy, seeking a cease-fire and a neutralization of Laos.
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Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev finally agreed to remove the missiles in return for a secret commitment from the U.S. to withdraw its own missiles from Turkey and to never invade Cuba. The incident increased tensions during the Cold War and fueled the nuclear arms race between the two countries.
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