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Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955

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As World War II drew to a close and the world awakened to the horrors wrought by white supremacists in Nazi Germany, the NAACP and African-American leaders sensed an opportunity to launch an offensive against the conditions of segregation and inequality in the United States. The "prize" they sought was not civil rights, but human rights. Only the human rights lexicon, shaped by the Holocaust and articulated by the United Nations, contained the language and the moral power to address not only the political and legal inequality but also the education, health care, housing, and employment needs that haunted the black community. The NAACP understood this and wielded its influence and resources to take its human rights agenda before the United Nations. But the onset of the Cold War and rising anti-communism allowed powerful southerners to cast those rights as Soviet-inspired and a threat to the American "ways of life." Enemies and friends excoriated the movement, and the NAACP retreated to a narrow civil rights agenda that was easier to maintain politically. Thus the Civil Rights Movement was launched with neither the language nor the mission it needed to truly achieve black equality. Carol Anderson is the recipient of major grants from the Ford Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, and numerous awards for excellence in teaching. Her scholarly interests are 20th century American, African-American, and diplomatic history, and the impact of the Cold War and U.S. foreign policy on the struggle for black equality in particular. Her publications include "From Hope to Disillusion published in Diplomatic History and reprinted in The African-American Voice in U.S. Foreign Policy.

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In the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, African American leaders went before the United Nations to fight against the conditions of segregation and inequality in the United States. The 'prize' they sought was human rights - including the right to education, health care, housing, and employment.

Synopsis:

An account of the politics that forced the NAACP to abandon their human rights agenda.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the struggle for black equality; 1. Beyond Civil Rights: the NAACP, the United Nations, and redefining the struggle for black equality; 2. The struggle for human rights: African Americans petition the United Nations; 3. Things fall apart; 4. Bleached souls and red negroes; 5. The mirage of victory; Epilogue: the prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521824316
Author:
Anderson, Carol
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
African Americans--Civil rights
Subject:
Civil rights movements -- United States.
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
314
Dimensions:
9.14x6.44x.88 in. 1.19 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, African American leaders went before the United Nations to fight against the conditions of segregation and inequality in the United States. The 'prize' they sought was human rights - including the right to education, health care, housing, and employment.
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