Race and the Cold War

Brenda Gayle Plummer

in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199236961
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Race and the Cold War

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This chapter examines the issue of race during the Cold War. It contends that racism was part of a Cold War framework in which states marshaled ideological and political resources against the threat of dissolution and subversion from within as well as from without. The chapter suggests that racial consciousness served a dual purpose during the Cold War years. It explains that proponents of racial equality used democratic ideology to argue for the abandonment of all forms of discrimination while proponents of segregation used the Cold War to argue that altering time-honored usages endangered national security.

Keywords: race; Cold War; racism; racial consciousness; democratic ideology; discrimination; segregation; national security

Article.  10114 words. 

Subjects: History ; Cold War ; Social and Cultural History

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