Race for sanctions: The movement against apartheid, 1946–1994

2002 2002

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This study traces the evolution of the anti-apartheid movement from its emergence in the radical diaspora politics of the 1940s through the civil rights and black power eras and its maturation in the 1980s into a national movement that transformed US foreign policy. Chapter one traces the emergence of this counter-hegemony discourse in the radical African Diaspora politics of the 1940s and its repression through government intervention. Chapter two takes a close look at the government's efforts to reestablish discursive hegemony in the United States by co-opting African-American leaders and organizations through “enlightened paternalism” that included covert and overt CIA funding and the establishment of anticommunist journals. Chapter three examines the re-emergence of anti-apartheid sentiment during what became known as the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Chapters four and five look at the radicalization of the black freedom movement and the development of an anti-apartheid discourse and culture in the 1970s. Chapter six examines the emergence of TransAfrica—the black lobby for Africa and the Caribbean and its challenge to Reagan's “constructive engagement” policies. Chapter seven examines the Free South Africa Movement and the revival of direct action to pressure Congress to pass anti-apartheid sanctions. Chapter eight looks at role of the Congressional Black Caucus in passing sanctions against South Africa over President Reagan's veto. And finally chapter nine examines the impact of sanctions on the release of Nelson Mandela and his colleagues from prison and his eventual election as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

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Black history;
African Americans;
Political science
0328: Black history
0325: African Americans
0615: Political science
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Social sciences; Apartheid; Diaspora; Sanctions; South Africa; TransAfrica
Race for sanctions: The movement against apartheid, 1946–1994
Nesbitt, Francis Njubi
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DAI-A 63/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
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Ann Arbor
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United States
9780493526577, 0493526579
Bracey, John H., Jr.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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United States -- Massachusetts
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