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GlobetrottingAfrican American Athletes and Cold War Politics$
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Damion L. Thomas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037177

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037177.001.0001

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The Showcase African American

The Showcase African American

Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, and the Politics of Cold War Prosperity and Repression

(p.13) 1. The Showcase African American

Damion L. Thomas

University of Illinois Press

This chapter argues that the integration of baseball had a direct relationship with a core American foreign policy objective: manipulating international perception of American race relations. Hence, it explores the relationship between Cold War repression and racial integration after the articulation of the Truman Doctrine. By examining the historical context of Jackie Robinson's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), this chapter examines the processes through which the U.S. government resolved to alter international opinions of American race relations rather than provide substantive changes to the segregated racial order in the early days of the Cold War, as well as the transformations in American political thought that allowed for those changes.

Keywords:   baseball, American race relations, Cold War repression, racial integration, Jackie Robinson, House Un-American Activities Committee, HUAC, American political thought, Paul Robeson

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