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Facing the Rising Sun: African Americans, Japan, and the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity

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The surprising alliance between Japan and pro-Tokyo African Americans during World War II



In November 1942 in East St. Louis, Illinois a group of African Americans engaged in military drills were eagerly awaiting a Japanese invasion of the U.S.-- an invasion that they planned to join. Since the rise of Japan as a superpower less than a century earlier, African Americans ac
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Hardcover, 226 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by New York University Press
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"...a long-term problem presented by both slavery and Jim Crow is that, in alienating a substantial percentage of the U.S. population, U.S. rulers made those oppressed quite susceptible to the blandishments of real and imagined antagonists of Washington, to the detriment of national security ... the argument in this book is that just as historians have pointed to the global correlation of forces—the Cold War, for example—in explicating how and why Jim Crow retreated, a similar argument can be ma ...more
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Dr. Gerald Horne is an eminent historian who is Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. An author of more than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews, his research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations, war and the film industry.

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