The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in by Thomas Borstelmann

By Thomas Borstelmann

After international warfare II the U.S. confronted preeminent demanding situations: how you can administer its duties overseas because the world's most powerful energy, and the way to control the emerging flow at domestic for racial justice and civil rights. the trouble to include the becoming effect of the Soviet Union led to the chilly conflict, a clash that emphasised the yank dedication to freedom. The absence of that freedom for nonwhite americans faced the nation's leaders with an embarrassing contradiction.

Racial discrimination after 1945 was once a overseas in addition to a household challenge. global battle II opened the door to either the U.S. civil rights circulation and the fight of Asians and Africans out of the country for independence from colonial rule. America's closest allies opposed to the Soviet Union, in spite of the fact that, have been colonial powers whose pursuits needed to be balanced opposed to these of the rising self sustaining 3rd global in a multiracial, anticommunist alliance. even as, U.S. racial reform used to be necessary to defend the family consensus had to maintain the chilly struggle fight.

The chilly struggle and the colour Line is the 1st finished exam of ways the chilly battle intersected with the ultimate destruction of worldwide white supremacy. Thomas Borstelmann will pay shut cognizance to the 2 Souths--Southern Africa and the yank South--as the first websites of white authority's final stand. He finds America's efforts to include the racial polarization that threatened to solve the anticommunist western alliance. In so doing, he recasts the heritage of yank race relatives in its real overseas context, person who is significant and proper for our personal period of globalization.

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This brought them into volatile situations as a wave of labor conºict and political radicalism swept through the country from 1918 to 1920. Conservative whites viewed blacks as especially inclined to subversion or to manipulation by revolutionaries because of their secondary status. Army intelligence ofªcers kept a close eye after 1917 on “Negro unrest,” and Southern leaders warned African Americans against seeking equality. “This is a white man’s country,” warned South Carolina Congressman and future Secretary of State James F.

These stories of white heroism in the jungle paralleled tales of white courage on the American frontier. 16 Issues of race pervaded the American acquisition of an overseas empire after the defeat of Spain in 1898. 17 Where they differed was over how, precisely, the United States should engage with the lands it had seized in the course of the ªghting—the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as Hawaii. In winning the argument regarding the Philippines, annexationists succeeded in convincing enough white Americans that the domestic racial status quo would not be upset.

89 Governor Culbert Olson of California did not shy from this kind of racialized thinking with any audience. “You know,” he told a group of Japanese American editors in February 1942, “when I look out at a group of Americans of German or Italian descent, I can tell whether they’re loyal or not.

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