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Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955
As World War II drew to a close and the world awakened to the horrors wrought by white supremacists in Nazi Germany, the NAACP and African-American leaders sensed an opportunity to launch an offensive against the conditions of segregation and inequality in the United States. The "prize" they sought was not civil rights, but human rights. Only the human rights lexicon, shap ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 21st 2003 by Cambridge University Press
(first published April 1st 2003)
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I thought I knew Eleanor Roosevelt, but what did I know? Nothing. This is the immensely detailed and extraordinarily well footnoted and quite horrifying story of the U.S. betrayal of the ideals behind the U.N. -- if there ever were any. The primacy of the Dixiecrats demanding that there be no international agreement that could possibly interfere with Jim Crow or the constant lynchings as part of the real politik of the Democratic party remaining in power is well documented here, along with the p ...more
Carol Anderson makes the compelling case that the Civil Rights Movement's great failure was abandoning the human rights framework on which it was based. Due to many factors, but especially the Cold War and the lingering effects of McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement abandoned economic and social rights struggles. This abandonment led to a plateau in progress, and today, the struggles of people of color are very much within the realm of violations of economic and social rights. For real change ...more
Great for understanding why we can't discuss human rights in U.S. governance. This is really detail-heavy, but the book overall is an excellent demonstration of the methods used to prevent minority progress. The parallels to current events are straight-up eerie.
Carol Anderson is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Professor Anderson’s research and teaching focus on public policy; particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States.More about Carol Anderson...