Eyes off the Prize by Carol Anderson
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Eyes off the Prize
By Carol Anderson

Eyes off the Prize

The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955

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Eyes off the Prize by Carol Anderson

Book Awards

  • Joint winner for Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award 2003.

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521531580
ISBN-10: 0521531586
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 318
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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