Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American by Mary L. Dudziak

By Mary L. Dudziak

In 1958, an African-American handyman named Jimmy Wilson was once sentenced to die in Alabama for stealing money. stunning as this sentence used to be, it was once overturned purely after extreme overseas recognition and the interference of an embarrassed John Foster Dulles. quickly after the us' segregated army defeated a racist regime in global struggle II, American racism used to be an incredible challenge of U.S. allies, a prime Soviet propaganda topic, and a disadvantage to American chilly warfare ambitions all through Africa, Asia, and Latin the United States. every one lynching harmed international kinfolk, and "the Negro challenge" grew to become. learn more...

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Wallace. On May 2, 1948, Taylor, who was white, attempted to use the “colored entrance” to a Birmingham, Alabama, church where he was scheduled to speak to a meeting of the Southern Negro Youth Congress. ” Five officers then arrested Taylor, who sustained COMING TO TERMS WITH CIVIL RIGHTS 31 minor injuries in the process. “[They] treated me very rough—anything but gentlemanly,” he later said. S. ” However, the issue had international ramifications. We cannot help having some impressions of the United States which actually already leads half of the world and which would like to continue to lead it.

The free peoples of the world look to us for support in maintaining their freedoms. ”21 Truman’s speech was “greeted with rapture” by members of Congress. S. foreign policy for many years. Anticommunism would not be limited to foreign affairs, however. With the communist threat now perceived in global, apocalyptic terms, scrutiny of how domestic policies affected the struggle against world communism became a priority. The most direct way in which this manifested itself was the concern about communist “infiltration” in American government.

By 1948, the Cold War increased the perceived importance of such efforts. In some government circles fears were expressed that America was losing an unequal war of propaganda in which the Soviet Union and its 48 CHAPTER TWO satellites routinely misrepresented and distorted American ideals and actions. 4 The United States Information Agency prepared materials that placed American race relations in the best possible light for dissemination overseas.

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