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Global Perspectives on the United StatesPro-Americanism, Anti-Americanism, and the Discourses Between$
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Virginia R. Domínguez and Jane C. Desmond

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040832

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040832.001.0001

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Internationalizing African American Studies, Too

Internationalizing African American Studies, Too

White (West-) German Responses to the Civil Rights Movement

(p.31) Chapter 1 Internationalizing African American Studies, Too
Global Perspectives on the United States

Sabine Broeck

University of Illinois Press

This essay simultaneously provides a case study of moments of cultural and political crossover between African American liberation movements and the West German public in the Cold War period, and it offers some parameters for how to read the current fraught moment. It argues for a re-centering of African American Studies in the recent scholarly push to internationalize American Studies. It is concerned on many levels with civil rights, going beyond national, ethnic, and religious borders, and it connects some of these struggles to past and current debates about (white) women’s rights and religious freedom.

Keywords:   African American Studies, West Germany, the Cold War, criticism, the “other America”

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