HIST 200 Lecture (4.18.2007)

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HIST-200 Lecture 4.18.2007 One final thing on foreign policy: one option we didn’t mention we should be isolationists Difficulty with isolationism: we need the world, we need the market, what are we going to do without China? We have to engage with the world. Race/ethnicity down to the present - “Racism is as American as apple pie” lot of hypocrisy, lot of self-righteousness - Southerners made a convenient target because their racism was de juris (written in law) - Look at: opening up of American society to a group and groups - Eisenhower said, “You can’t legislate feelings.” - African-Americans headed into 20 th century: segregation, disenfranchisement (not able to vote) o 1909: NAACP formed in upstate New York by black and white intellectuals 4 goals 1) Eliminate/abolish all forced segregation 2) Equal education for black and white children 3) Complete refranchisement of the black (giving the right to vote) 4) Generic thing, but important: enforcement of the letter and spirit of the 14 th Amendment of the Constitution o How to meet these objectives? Government? Congress is not sympathetic (at least not until 1960s). There is a southern block that can oppose through filibuster. Dyer Bill passes through House, but not through the Senate Judiciary Committee: funnel through which all civil rights legislation has to flow President? No. Woodrow Wilson was a southerner, often said that he brought Jim Crow (segregation) back to Washington. He segregated the federal bureaucracy. 1920s presidents are not sympathetic. FDR probably was sympathetic, but he knew that pushing civil
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