An Analysis of the Effect of the Cold War on the Civil Rights Movement Introduction The American civil rights movement is one of the most “studied and celebrated social phenomena of the twentieth century” (Skrentnty, 237). This is one historical event in American history that cannot be disputed. The success of the civil rights movement and the monumental change that it created in American social structure in the late 1960s was unprecedented. However, Skrentny points out that the success of the civil rights movement was partly based on American foreign policy during the time. Specifically, America’s involvement in the Cold War due to strained relations with the Soviet Union during the period. This paper seeks to analyze the link between the...The end:
.....t and the Cold War. The Cold War as “enabler” of civil rights is not a view that is commonly held, but the forces at work and the way the civil rights movement supported the American goal of freedom as it presented itself to a rapidly growing global economy, sought to define a symbiotic relationship between the two, with each feeding the other. Works Cited Dudziak, Mary. Cold War Civil Rights. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2000. Hall, Simon. Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. Skrentny, John David. “The Effect of the Cold War on African-American Civil Rights: America and the World Audience, 1945-1968.” Theory and Society 27.2 (1998): 237-285.