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Breath of Freedom The Civil Rights Struggle, African American Gis, and Germany

ISBN-10: 0230104738
ISBN-13: 9780230104730
Edition: 2010
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Description: This moving and beautifully illustrated book, developed from an award-winning research project, examines the experience of African-American GIs in Germany since 1945 and the unique insights they provide into the civil rights struggle at home and  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 9/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This moving and beautifully illustrated book, developed from an award-winning research project, examines the experience of African-American GIs in Germany since 1945 and the unique insights they provide into the civil rights struggle at home and abroad. Because of the American military occupation after World War II, America's unresolved civil rights agenda was exposed to world-wide scrutiny as never before. America's ambitious efforts to democratize German society after the defeat of Nazism also meant that West Germany was exposed to American ideas of freedom and democracy to a much larger degree than many other countries.The politicization and radicalization of African-American GIs over civil rights took on a particular significance in light of Germany's central role in US strategic thinking and its symbolic importance as the battle ground between two competing superpowers. While the effects of the African-American Civil Rights Movement reverberated across the globe, Germany represents a special case that illuminates a remarkable period in American and world history.

Maria H ohn is associate professor of history at Vassar College.

Martin Klimke is research fellow at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Closing Ranks: World War I and the Rise of Hitler
Fighting on Two Fronts: World War II and Civil Rights
"We Will Never Go Back to the Old Way Again": African American GIs and the Occupation of Germany
Setting the Stage for Brown: Integrating the Military in Germany
Bringing Civil Rights to East and West: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Cold War Berlin
Revolutionary Alliances: The Rise of Black Power
Heroes of the Other America: East German Solidarity with the African American Freedom Struggle
A Call for Justice: The Racial Crisis in the Military and the GI Movement
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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