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Cold War Civil Rights and Kennedy’s Courting of African Nationalists

Philip E. Muehlenbeck

in Betting on the Africans

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396096
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932672 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396096.003.0010
Cold War Civil Rights and Kennedy’s Courting of African Nationalists

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Chapter ten explores how Kennedy’s desire to court African nationalism influenced his domestic civil rights policies. The civil rights initiatives launched at the outset of the New Frontier were predicated more on improving relations with Africa than they were on improving the plight of African Americans. However, by the end of his life, Kennedy became more activist in his support of civil rights, finally viewing it as a moral issue and not only as a way to garner positive Cold War propaganda. His enlightened conversion served to elevate further his reputation in Africa.

Keywords: Kennedy; civil rights; ambassadors; racism; Special Protocol Service Section

Chapter.  4796 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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