In Search of Power is a history of the era of civil rights, decolonization and Black Power. In the critical period from 1956 to 1974, the emergence of newly independent states worldwide and the struggles of the civil rights movement in the United States exposed the limits of racial integration and political freedom. Dissidents, leaders and elites alike were linked in a struggle for power in a world where the rules of the game had changed. Brenda Gayle Plummer traces the detailed connections between African Americans' involvement in international affairs and how they shaped American foreign policy, integrating African American history, the history of the African Diaspora and the history of United States foreign relations. These topics, usually treated separately, not only offer a unified view of the period but also reassess controversies and events that punctuated this colorful era of upheaval and change.
Brenda Gayle Plummer is Merze Tate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and currently chairs the department of Afro-American Studies. She is the author of Rising Wind: Black Americans and US Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960 (1996), Haiti and the United States (1992) and Haiti and the Great Powers, 1902-1915 (1988). She is the editor of Window on Freedom: Race, Civil Rights, and Foreign Affairs, 1945-1988 (2003).
Introduction; 1. A great restlessness; 2. Peace or a sword?; 3. 'Freedom's struggle crosses oceans and mountains'; 4. Meeting Odinga; 5. When race doesn't matter; 6. Embracing the globe; 7. Race, space, and displacement; 8. Africa and liberation; 9. Agenda setting on two continents; Conclusion.