Holding the Line: Race, Racism, and American Foreign Policy by Jr. White George

By Jr. White George

The competition among the us and the Soviet Union intensified as Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the White condominium. even though, the burning query for the majority of the world's inhabitants used to be now not whether or not they could subscribe to the "Free international" or the Soviet bloc, yet whether or not they may in attaining significant self-determination. Nowhere did the reply to that query loom greater than in Africa.

The Eisenhower administration's war of words with Africa demonstrates the importance of race within the production and execution of yankee overseas coverage. during this new paintings, historian George White, Jr. explores the ways that Eisenhower international relations, stimulated by means of America's racialized fantasies, fears, and needs, grew to become the chilly struggle right into a international sanctuary for the rehabilitation of Whiteness. In flip, American statesmen and bureaucrats justified the undermining of democracy and freedom by means of stuffing the multi-faceted realities of African aspirations and Western privileges into the straitjacket of a bi-polar worldview. utilizing as its starting place American family members with Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, and the Congo, Holding the Line demonstrates the facility of race to warp notion and to seriously restrict the parameters and chances of human engagement.

Holding the Line offers a clean viewpoint on Nineteen Fifties period U.S. international kinfolk that stay salient in American international relations at the present time. it is a e-book that would be of curiosity to scholars of yankee diplomatic historical past, serious Race and Whiteness stories, American reviews, and foreign relations.

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