- Series: Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 17, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691095132
- ISBN-13: 978-0691095134
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America)
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"In her long-awaited book, Mary Dudziak brilliantly demonstrates the interconnections between race relations and the American response to the early Cold War. . . . Dudziak sets a new standard for literature on race and Cold War foreign policy. . . . Her work deserves a wide audience."--Laura Belmonte, Journal of Cold War Studies
"This nuanced, scholarly appraisal of the relationship between foreign policy and the civil rights story offers a fresh and provocative perspective on twentieth-century American history."--Harvard Law Review
"Carefully reasoned, containing vivid accounts, and thoroughly documented with illustrations and 55 pages of explanatory notes, this work helps us rethink the familiar by analyzing the subject matter from a new perspective. It will have broad appeal to historians, other academicians and lay readers interested in American foreign policy and race relations."--Library Journal
"Mary L. Dudziak . . . astutely explores the intimate relationship between the policy of communist containment and the civil rights movement. . . . Her book thoughtfully and thoroughly documents how ridiculous and hypocritical we appeared to the post-colonial, newly emerging nations of Africa and Asia by championing the ideals of freedom, democracy and economic equity around the world while at the same time shamelessly denying access to those very same principles to millions of Americans at home."--Edward C. Smith, The Washington Times
"Dudziak earns high praise for her superb work."--Choice
"[An] important book"--H.W. Brands, Reviews in American History
"Cold War Civil Rights challenges readers to think globally and locally about the relation between the Cold War and civil rights. It also provides food for thought on the post-Cold War era."--Laurie B. Green, Law and History Review
"A meticulously researched and eloquently composed study."--Desmond King, Education Supplement
"Dudziak has marshalled an impressive array of primary source material to substantiate her case, but is is never allowed to hinder the unfolding narrative of the civil rights movement in general or her thesis in particular. . . . [An] excellent study."--George Lewis, Ethnic & Racial Studies
"An intelligent and informative book that is sure to become a staple of both civil rights and Cold War historiography."--Steven F. Lawson, American Historical Review
"Civil rights activists' efforts were watched carefully by the nation and by the world, and now are described and analyzed for us all with masterful skill by Mary Dudziak in Cold War Civil Rights. Although the Cold War is over, race remains a critical feature of global politics. As recent events remind us so well, much appears to be tied loosely with the destiny of democracy in the United States and the way that the country is seen by a diverse and divided world. In understanding this process, the issues at stake, the roles that individuals play, and the implications for human rights, Cold War Civil Rights will provide enormous assistance."--Paul Gordon Lauren, Human Rights Quarterly
"Dudziak marvelously frames her discussion of the US civil rights movement in the international and Cold War context in such a way that raises, discusses, and illuminates larger issues that help us to understand how the struggle for human rights proceeds."--Carlo Krieger, Human Rights Quarterly
"Dudziak's argument is clearly written, prodigiously researched, and profoundly important. . . . Cold War Civil Rights . . . is the most comprehensively researched study of the connection between foreign and domestic racial politics in the post-World War II era. Dudziak's book will inspire a reconsideration of postwar civil rights history."--Alex Lubin, American Quarterly
From the Inside Flap
This book reflects a growing interest among historians in the global significance of race. . . . It is accessible and will have multiple uses as an approach to civil rights history, as an examination of policy making, and as a model of how a study can be attentive to both foreign and domestic aspects of a particular issue. It is tightly argued, coherent, and polished, and it features some particularly fine writing. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Dudziak deserves recognition and commendations for clearly demonstrating that the United States civil rights movement had a global as well as a national impact on America's foreign policy efforts and placed the United States squarely between the demands of a persecuted domestic minority and the scrutiny of the nations to which it declared itself the leader of human rights, liberty, and freedom in contrast to the totalitarian regimes of communist countries.
This book is well worth reading and an important addition to the growing number of books on the history of race relations that was not, and is not,taught in school. Kudos to Dudziak for an important job well done.
We know about the work that was being done in the streets. But now Dudziak helps us see the movement through the eyes of America's cold war policymakers. For them, civil rights was a foreign policy problem, and Dudziak helps us see how this explains many of the movements successes and (maybe more important) many of its defeats.
Essential reading for everyone interested in American history, civil rights, constitutional law (yes, even Brown v. Board of Education must be seen in light of this analysis), and foreign policy.
Dudziak uses a plethora of primary and secondary sources to craft her work, and these include State Department archives, the Congressional record and (amongst others) the presidential papers of Lyndon Johnson. In at least two ways her work represents a transnational approach, as she works hard to show the effects of international pressure and opinion on the civil rights movement and she shows how events in the US play overseas, thus making her work a fine example of transnational history.
Speaking of transnational history, Dudziak's work is a fine example of this, and goes a long way to helping understand the effect the cold war has on the civil rights movement. Her narrative style is easy to follow, something which is not always the case when written by legal historians, and this book is useful to both the specialist and the novice. One area of criticism is that she does not address why Moscow changes its tactics and seems to drop criticism of American racism. Russian criticism of the US is an important part of her book, so not addressing the change in strategy seems a bit odd.Read more ›
But, this book really opened up my eyes to how everything at this age connected together! I always learned about the cold war and civil rights differently. They were two different stages in history, two very different topics, that each had their own exams. But this book did an EXCELLENT job putting it all together! I now see history as a web of events, all of which effect one another. This book showed me how much civil rights and the cold war had to do with each other. I actually learned a lot, and it wasn't a dry read at all. I liked it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this as a senior in college and continue to return to it as a PhD Candidate. A very important text highlighting international discourses shaping the Civil Rights Movement.Published 6 months ago by K_Love
This was a required book for my college class. It did have some interesting points but I would not have read it if I did not have to for class.Published 12 months ago by Hotmona13
Dudziak provides a refreshing look at the early civil rights movement. Focusing on the international effects of racial tensions in the mid twentieth century. Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by Kenny
This book is a must for people who want to understand the political motivations for the advancement of civil rights in the US. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by DaRRen
I purchased this book for my daughter who was required to read it for her summer reading.
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I initially borrowed this book from a professor that I was working with on my honors thesis. After reading it, I had to purchase my own copy. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Alecia
Mary L. Dudziak argues that during the Cold War era, American empire -- cloaked in the false narrative of a plural, democratic, and capitalist America -- shaped and was shaped by... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by jdesenso
I had to read this for a college course and it was just boring. If you're interested in the Cold War or Civil Rights, you may find this interesting, but otherwise you're going to... Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Monica
I bought this book for a graduate history class. As I began to write my paper for the class and got to the first citation i noticed that there are no page numbers. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Duncan Mcginnis