The story of how major global events influenced American race relations in the decades leading up to the civil rights movement; including how the rise of fascism in Germany led many white Americans to feel increasingly uncomfortable with violent white supremacy in the United States; how the segregated army of WWII alienated important non-white military allies and therefore became a national security concern; how white supremacy during the Cold War pushed the emerging nations of Africa and Asia towards alliances with the Soviet Union and thereby became an even greater national security concern; and of how the U.S. government responded to white supremacy becoming a national security concern both through global propaganda efforts and through serious reform. Part of the “Reframing Civil Rights” series.
The story of Gandhi’s disciples touring black universities and building ties between black Americans and the people of India; of the connection between Gandhi and the famed African American scientist George Washington Carver; and of the journey’s made by Howard Thurman and Benjamin Mays – later teachers of Martin Luther King – to meet with Gandhi. Explores the global dimensions of white supremacy and offers a rich portrayal of Gandhi’s fusion of spirituality and politics and of why his teachings resonated so powerfully with African Americans. Part of the “Black Internationalism” series.