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African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy: From the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama

Linda Heywood, Allison Blakely, Charles Stith, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz


Bookended by remarks from African American diplomats Walter C. Carrington and Charles Stith, this book uses close readings of speeches, letters, historical archives, diaries, memoirs of policymakers, and newly available FBI files to confront much-neglected questions related to race and foreign relations in the United States. Why, for instance, did African Americans profess loyalty and support for the diplomatic initiatives of a nation that undermined their social, political, and economic well-being through racist policies and cultural practices? The book explores African Americans' history in ... More

Keywords: African American diplomats, Walter C. Carrington, Charles Stith, U.S. foreign relations, race, African Americans, cultural ambassador, Joe Louis, Louis Armstrong, Barack Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038877
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Heywood, editor
Boston University

Allison Blakely, editor
Boston University

Charles Stith, editor
Boston University

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Part I Early African American Diplomatic Appointments: Contributions and Constraints

2 A New Negro Foreign Policy

Jeffrey C. Stewart

Part II African American Participation in Foreign Affairs through Civil Society: Religious, Military, and Cultural Institutions in Foreign Policy

5 White Shame/Black Agency

Vera Ingrid Grant

6 Goodwill Ambassadors

Damion Thomas

Part III The Advent of the Age of Obama: African Americans and the Making of American Foreign Policy


Charles R. Stith