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From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War Against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980

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In November 1965, Ian Smith's white minority government in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) made a unilateral declaration of independence, breaking with Great Britain. With a European population of a few hundred thousand dominating an African majority of several million, Rhodesia's racial structure echoed the apartheid of neighboring South Africa. Smith's declaration sparked an escalating guerrilla war that claimed thousands of lives.

Across the Atlantic, President Lyndon B. Johnson nervously watched events in Rhodesia, fearing that racial conflict abroad could inflame racial discord at home. Although Washington officially voiced concerns over human rights violations, an attitude of tolerance generally marked U.S. relations with the Rhodesian government: sanctions were imposed but not strictly enforced, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of American mercenaries joined white Rhodesia's side in battle with little to fear from U.S. laws. Despite such tacit U.S. support, Smith's regime fell in 1980, and the independent state of Zimbabwe was born.

The first comprehensive account of American involvement in the war against Zimbabwe, this compelling work also explores how our relationship with Rhodesia helped define interracial dynamics in the United States, and vice versa.

About the Author

Gerald Horne teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois and Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960s.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807849033
Author:
Horne, Gerald
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill, NC
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Zimbabwe
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
United States Foreign relations 1945-1989.
Subject:
Zimbabwe - Politics and government - 1965-
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Series Volume:
105-1001
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.26x6.16x.96 in. 1.27 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » Zimbabwe
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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