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Globetrotting: African American Athletes and Cold War Politics

Damion L. Thomas


Throughout the Cold War, the Soviet Union deplored the treatment of African Americans by the U.S. government as proof of hypocrisy in the American promises of freedom and equality. This probing history examines government attempts to manipulate international perceptions of U.S. race relations during the Cold War by sending African American athletes abroad on goodwill tours and in international competitions as cultural ambassadors and visible symbols of American values. The book follows the State Department's efforts from 1945 to 1968 to showcase prosperous African American athletes including J ... More

Keywords: Cold War, Soviet Union, African Americans, freedom, equality, U.S. race relations, African American athletes, goodwill tours, African Diaspora, racial oppression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037177
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Damion L. Thomas, author
University of Maryland