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The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer WorldSouthern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937-1955$
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Lindsey R. Swindall

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049922

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049922.001.0001

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The Cold War Descends

The Cold War Descends

(p.105) 3 The Cold War Descends
The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World

Lindsey R. Swindall

University Press of Florida

An analysis of the Freedom Train exhibit that travelled throughout the country in the immediate postwar years opens chapter three. The documents that publicly portrayed the idea of freedom in the exhibition are explored as a metaphor for the transitioning definition of freedom after WWII as the Cold War began to grip the American political scene. While SNYC and the Council are still engaging the Atlantic Charter and the Four Freedoms as the basis for progressive reforms, the onset of anticommunism constricts the notion of freedom. The chapter shows how the Council's efforts to lobby the United Nations for African self-determination are stalled, and a bitter internal feud ruptures the organization. Meanwhile, SNYC encounters a host of impediments from segregationist agitators. Racism camouflaged as anticommunism creates a repressive climate in the South and forces SNYC to disband.

Keywords:   Freedom Train, Cold War, Anticommunism

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