BRENDA GAYLE PLUMMER. In Search of Power: African Americans in the Era of Decolonization, 1956–1974

Robert T. Vinson


"Recent work by Gerald Horne, Carol Anderson, Kevin Gaines, Penny Von Eschen, Thomas Borstelmann, and Mary Dudziak, among others, has placed the modern U.S. civil rights era in a Cold War global context. Over the course of her sterling career, particularly with works like Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935–1960 (1996) and her edited collection Window on Freedom: Race, Civil Rights, and Foreign Affairs, 1945–1988 (2003), Brenda Gayle Plummer has transformed the historiographies of U.S. foreign relations, diplomatic history, Cold War studies, and African American history with her explorations into how African American activism influenced U.S. policymakers to grapple with the importance of race globally and the linkages between domestic racism and foreign affairs..."