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Betting on the AfricansJohn F. Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalist Leaders$
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Philip E. Muehlenbeck

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396096.001.0001

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Cold War Civil Rights and Kennedy’s Courting of African Nationalists

Cold War Civil Rights and Kennedy’s Courting of African Nationalists

(p.195) 10 Cold War Civil Rights and Kennedy’s Courting of African Nationalists
Betting on the Africans

Philip E. Muehlenbeck

Oxford University Press

Chapter ten explores how Kennedy’s desire to court African nationalism influenced his domestic civil rights policies. The civil rights initiatives launched at the outset of the New Frontier were predicated more on improving relations with Africa than they were on improving the plight of African Americans. However, by the end of his life, Kennedy became more activist in his support of civil rights, finally viewing it as a moral issue and not only as a way to garner positive Cold War propaganda. His enlightened conversion served to elevate further his reputation in Africa.

Keywords:   Kennedy, civil rights, ambassadors, racism, Special Protocol Service Section

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