Role Race Played In America's Interaction With The World

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Thomas Borstelmann scrutinizes the international extent of American cultural attitudes while skillfully demonstrating the remuneration of viewing domestic history in a universal framework. He brilliantly demonstrated the extensive impact of civil rights movements on domestic and international developments on the issue of race, which had a tremendous implication on U.S. foreign relations. His thorough understanding of American racial and cultural history makes him an exceptional authority on race relations of Presidents Harry S. Truman to George H. Bush. Arguably, the struggle against racial prejudices and against apartheid in South Africa, was one of immense struggle, and had a tremendous impact on U.S. foreign relations with that…show more content…
The issue for the U.S. was therefore how to approach this issue, whilst at the same time trying to contain the dangers of Communism in these new independent states. Arguably, most of the earlier administrations from Truman to Nixon did hardly anything to end the racial inequities in Rhodesia and South Africa. It is thus no wonder that many African Americans were angry at the inept approach of past administration to bring about change in the former colonial countries. Indeed, one must give credit where it is due, and Borstelman suggested that Truman did assemble a Presidential Committee on Civil Rights in late 1946, but this was most a disguise to find off his lack of willpower to intervene politically. Although the committee understood the seriousness of the issue by concluding that “Our domestic civil rights shortcomings are a serious obstacle” to American leadership in the world. (59). This statement along highlights that importance of the race issue, but in the minds of all African Americans the priorities of the Cold War was much more important. For much of the Cold War, the U.S. thus took on a policy of containment, but failed to end white supremacy rule in Rhodesia and South Africa. But even its former colonial leader Great Britain recognized both governments and did little to ends the racial injustice taking place. But despite lip support from President Kennedy when he
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