There’s a large body of literature in history and political science that addresses in detail the complex relationship between civil rights and the Cold War. The NAACP has come under considerable criticism for caving to the anti-communist witch hunts and ditching what had been an international agenda that aligned with precisely the sort of liberation movements Caro mentions. A google scholar search will throw up at least a few articles and books, and there are many more.
In the early and late Cold War ..
Never before has any scholar so directly connected civil rights and the Cold War. Contributing mightily to our understanding of both, Dudziak advances--in clear and lively prose--a new wave of scholarship that corrects isolationist tendencies in American history by applying an international perspective to domestic affairs.
of trying to prepare the American public for nuclear war
I was very suprised to see the final screen, where the movie said it was produced by the War Office and not to be shown to the general public. Based on this, I take this film not to be a relic of New Deal liberalism, but to be part of Harry Truman's efforts to desegregate the armed forces, which was as ahead of its time as this film. This makes sense, because a film like this would not have been tolerated in the segregated south, and would have been rejected by anti-semites (a very mainstream point of view even for the educated). The unusual perspective of this film makes it a fascinating attack on mid-century attitudes on the eve of civil rights and the cold war.
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