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Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Hardback)
  • Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Hardback)
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Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Hardback)

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Hardback 316 Pages / Published: 21/04/2003
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This book was first published in 2003. As World War II drew to a close and the world awakened to the horror wrought by white supremacists in Nazi Germany, African American leaders, led by the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), sensed the opportunity to launch an offensive against the conditions of segregation and inequality in America. The 'prize' they sought was not civil rights, but human rights. Only the human rights lexicon, shaped by the Holocaust and articulated by the United Nations, contained the language and the moral power to address not only the political and legal inequality but also the education, health care, housing, and employment needs that haunted the black community. But the onset of the Cold War and rising anti-communism allowed powerful Southerners to cast those rights as Soviet-inspired. Thus the Civil Rights Movement was launched with neither the language nor the mission it needed to truly achieve black equality.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521824316
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm


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'... a superb account ...'. Ethnic and Racial Studies
'... compelling ... Eyes off the Prize bravely punctures the reputations of some usually unimpeachable figures in the freedom pantheon. It also uncovers some less familiar examples of the brutality meted out against blacks in the postwar period ... Anderson's work deserves the widest possible audience.' Journal of American Studies

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