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Author Slate, Nico.
Title Colored cosmopolitanism : the shared struggle for freedom in the United States and India / Nico Slate.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.

Author Slate, Nico.
Subject African Americans -- Relations with East Indians.
Racism -- United States -- History.
Racism -- India -- History.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
Minorities -- Civil rights -- India -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
India -- Race relations -- History.
United States -- Relations -- India.
India -- Relations -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (321 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Race, caste, and nation -- Racial diplomacy -- Colored cosmopolitanism -- Soul force -- Global double victory -- Building a third world -- Nonviolence and the nation.
Note Print version record.
Summary A hidden history connects India and the United States, the world's two largest democracies. From the late nineteenth century through the 1960s, activists worked across borders of race and nation to push both countries toward achieving their democratic principles. At the heart of this shared struggle, African Americans and Indians forged bonds ranging from statements of sympathy to coordinated acts of solidarity. Within these two groups, certain activists developed a colored cosmopolitanism, a vision of the world that transcended traditional racial distinctions. These men and women agitated for the freedom of the "colored world," even while challenging the meanings of both color and freedom. Colored Cosmopolitanism is the first detailed examination of both ends of this transnational encounter. Nico Slate tells the stories of neglected historical figures, like the "Eurasian" scholar Cedric Dover, and offers a stunning glimpse of people we thought we knew. Prominent figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Swami Vivekananda, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King Jr. emerge as never before seen. Slate reveals the full gamut of this exchange--from selective appropriations, to blatant misunderstandings, to a profound empathy--as African Americans and South Asians sought a united front against racism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression.
This is the first detailed account of the transnational encounter between African Americans and South Asians from the nineteenth century through the 1960s as they sought a united front against racism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression. It offers a fresh glimpse of Gandhi, Nehru, Booker T. Washington, Du Bois, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Note In English.
ISBN 0674062965 (electronic bk.)
9780674062962 (electronic bk.)
9780674059672 (alk. paper)
0674059670 (alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.4159/harvard.9780674062962
OCLC # 773672021
Additional Format Print version: Slate, Nico. Colored cosmopolitanism. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012 9780674059672 (DLC) 2011013395 (OCoLC)709670297

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