The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena
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The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena

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Offers a comprehensive examination of how the Cold War intersected with the final destruction of global white supremacy. Thomas Borstelmann pays close attention to the two Souths - Southern Africa and the American South - as the primary sites of white authority's last stand.
Paperback, 369 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Harvard University Press (first published January 10th 2002)
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This book is a great read if you're looking for a coherent overview of how US presidents determined their stance on racial equality in the international context of the Cold War. Each chapter discusses a different president's views and how they managed the often conflicting notions of anti-communism and anti-racism. The only president he really skips over is Ford, and I thought the analysis of the Reagan administration could have been more comprehensive, especially in terms of Latin America. Ove...more
The general idea of this book is that foreign policy and domestic policy need to be put into conversation. During the Cold War the site of intersection for U.S. presidential politics was African Americans in the U.S. South and Africans in South Africa.

We are told immediately in the opening pages of the book that the U.S. embodies a tension (as it has from its first days) between racist colonial traditions and colorblind utopian possibilities. This liberal sentiment comes to fruition when Presid...more
Tuzoanime Ortiz
What I got from this book was the perspective of most presidents racial view. Some were racist and other liberal, some fail in their policies and some just ignore the issue. With our first black president is fun to see where this whole race issue will lead.

Other things I got from this book
-The world's view of America discrimination actions.
-foreign policies

3 stars
-Brushed some issues without critical detail
-I didn't get much of what I already knew.
(This was an assigned reading for a U.S. Foreign Policy Class)
This book was very informative as far as how people that were not Caucasian were discriminated against.
Unfortunately the focus of the book is not on the Cold War, but on the hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy when it comes to race, from the conception of the U.S. until the end of the cold war. (hence the 1 star)
Really interesting history of race relations both in America and abroad through the lenses of the presidents, from Truman to Carter. It was an entertaining read that gave an interesting look at the men who set policy both domestic and foreign during the Cold War. This book makes Eisenhower look like a bigot and defends LBJ, not a history you get often. Interesting read.
Meticulously researched, well organized and carefully crafted, if you want a good introduction to how American racism and foreign policy collide, this is the book for you. (Plus Dr. Borstellmann teaches at my alma mater so I'm excited to plug the book for that reason. :) )
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