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Unformatted text preview: Mary L. Dudziak Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American democracy Introduction • Jimmy Wilson, African American handyman caught stealing less than $2, he was sentenced to death brought to the surface international anxiety about the state of American race relations • Floods of letters protesting this sentence came about saying that other countries would change their view of the united states • Governor Folsom quickly acted to end “international hullabaloo” • Although WWI influenced civil rights in America, it did not lead to extensive social change • The broader movement came after WWII o Marked a transition point in America foreign relations, politics and culture • Mydral and contradictions of racism and ideology of democracy o All Americans shared an American creed A belief in ideals of essential dignity of individual human being Fundamental equality of all men Certain inalienable rights to • Freedom • Justice • Fair opportunity o Racism conflicted with creed Conflict created tension...
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course MC 201/202 taught by Professor Na during the Fall '10 term at Michigan State University.
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