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Black Struggle in the Age of McCarthy: the NAACP in the 1950s

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The early Cold War period presented particular complexities to advocates of racial reform in the United States. The Cold War liberalism of the Truman Administration offered new possibilities for advancing the agenda of civil rights. Conversely, the emergence of figures like Martin Dies and the ascendant House Un-American Activities Committee represented a brand of anticommunism that sought to paint any and all efforts at reform as a type of Bolshevism. Indeed in many instances the civil rights appeared to be the definition of communism.

These dynamics created internal tensions among the leadership of the NAACP and contributed to tensions between the Association's headquarters and its branches as they sought a means of navigating the domestic climate of the McCarthy era. This paper examines the strategies explored by Walter White and the trajectory the NAACP took from its initial reluctance to antagonize Sen. Joseph McCarthy to outright denunciation of his variety of anticommunism.
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Name: 95th Annual Convention
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Cobb, Jelani., Makalani, Minkah. and Lloyd, Jermaine. "Black Struggle in the Age of McCarthy: the NAACP in the 1950s" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436011_index.html>

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Cobb, J. , Makalani, M. and Lloyd, J. D. "Black Struggle in the Age of McCarthy: the NAACP in the 1950s" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436011_index.html

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Abstract: The early Cold War period presented particular complexities to advocates of racial reform in the United States. The Cold War liberalism of the Truman Administration offered new possibilities for advancing the agenda of civil rights. Conversely, the emergence of figures like Martin Dies and the ascendant House Un-American Activities Committee represented a brand of anticommunism that sought to paint any and all efforts at reform as a type of Bolshevism. Indeed in many instances the civil rights appeared to be the definition of communism.

These dynamics created internal tensions among the leadership of the NAACP and contributed to tensions between the Association's headquarters and its branches as they sought a means of navigating the domestic climate of the McCarthy era. This paper examines the strategies explored by Walter White and the trajectory the NAACP took from its initial reluctance to antagonize Sen. Joseph McCarthy to outright denunciation of his variety of anticommunism.


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