The Bourgeois Radicals

The Bourgeois Radicals : The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960

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Bourgeois Radicals explores the NAACP's key role in the liberation of Africans and Asians across the globe even as it fought Jim Crow on the home front during the long civil rights movement. For NAACP's leaders, the way to create a stable international system, stave off communism in Africa and Asia, and prevent capitalist exploitation was to embed human rights, with its economic and cultural protections, in the transformation of colonies into nations. Indeed, the NAACP aided in the liberation struggles of multiple African and Asian countries within the limited ideological space of the Second Red Scare. However, its vision of a 'third way' to democracy for the hundreds of millions in Asia and Africa was only partially realized due to a toxic combination of the Cold War, Jim Crow, and imperialism. Bourgeois Radicals examines the toll that internationalism took on the organization and illuminates the linkages between the struggle for human rights and the fight for colonial independence.show more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24 b/w illus.
  • 1139032542
  • 9781139032544

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'Bourgeois Radicals is a landmark contribution to the literature on African-American anti-colonialism. Carol Anderson's meticulous research recovers the NAACP's internationalism and forcefully challenges the orthodox scholarship that has claimed the anti-colonial struggle as a monopoly of the radical left.' Manfred Berg, Universitat Heidelberg 'Modern colonialism was brutal and exploitative enough to draw the fire of activists across a wide political spectrum. In this richly documented and passionately written book, Carol Anderson uncovers the critical work of resourceful NAACP campaigners who used UN mechanisms and the tools of investigative research, publicity, and lobbying, to delegitimize white rule in South Africa, Italian colonialism in Ethiopia, and Dutch colonialism in Southeast Asia. In doing so, she significantly broadens our knowledge of the varieties of black anti-colonial politics in the twentieth century. Bold, engaging and original, this book makes a decisive contribution to histories of black transnational politics, Americans' participation in multilateral institutions, and the United States' involvement in the process of global decolonization.' Paul Kramer, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee 'In Bourgeois Radicals, her much-anticipated successor to Eyes Off the Prize, Carol Anderson offers a lively intervention into the conventional wisdom about the allegedly narrow conservatism of the NAACP's actions outside American borders. Anderson captures the full scope of the NAACP's worldview and of its activism, showing that although imperialism and the Cold War hamstrung the organization at times, they did not prevent it from shaping the terms of postwar international debate about race, decolonization, and human rights. This is a finely researched and exquisitely written illumination of the freedom struggle around and beyond the Black Atlantic.' Jason Parker, Texas A & M Universityshow more

Table of contents

1. Rising wind; 2. 'The white man's burden has not been very heavy': the NAACP's anticolonial struggle against South Africa, 1946-51; 3. 'An even larger issue than 'containing communism": the NAACP and the Italian colonies; 4. So weak, so seventeenth century: Indonesia and the domestic jurisdiction of Dutch colonialism; 5. Regime change; Conclusion: beyond the single story.show more

About Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson is an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University.show more

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