Race and US Foreign Policy
The African-American Foreign Affairs Network
Routledge – 2011 – 246 pages
African-Americans' analysis of, and interest in, foreign affairs represents a rich and dynamic legacy, and this work provides a cutting edge insight into this neglected aspect of US foreign affairs.
In addition to extending the parameters of US foreign policy literature to include race and ethnicity, the book documents case-specific analyses of the evolutionary development of the African American foreign affairs network (AAFAN). Whilst the examination of race in regard to the construction of US foreign policy is significant, this book also provides a cross disciplinary approach which utilises historical and political science methods to paint a more realistic appraisal of US foreign policy. Including analysis of original archival evidence, this theoretically informed work seeks to transcend the standard mono-disciplinary approach which overestimates the separation between domestic and foreign affairs.
The unique approach of this work will add an important dimension to a newly emerging field and will be of interest to scholars in ethnic and racial studies, American politics, US foreign policy and US history.
1. Introduction 2. The Forging of the African-American Foreign Affairs Community 3. A Case Study of the Italo-Ethiopian War 4. From Isolationism to Globalism: African-Americans’ Response to U.S. Entry into the Second World War 5. African-Americans and the Formation of the United Nations Organisation 6. Human Rights, Racial Reconstruction and the Cold War 7. Malcolm and Martin and the Shadow of US Foreign Policy 8. Conclusion
Dr Mark Ledwidge is an Honourary Fellow within the Department Of Politics at the University of Manchester School of Social Sciences, and Senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University within the American Studies Department. In addition he co-edited Race, African-Americans and US Foreign Policy in the New Directions Series published by Routledge in 2009 and is on the Organising Committee of an AHRC-funded Research Network on the presidency of Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States.