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Bayard Rustin

Roundtable: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Left (Chapter 5)

Bayard Rustin, the Black Left, and the Struggle Over Southern Africa in the 1970s By the late 1970s, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union reached a moment of renewed crisis.  For many conservatives the Jimmy Carter Administration had not done nearly enough to stem the tide of Communism in places such as Southern Africa. There, nations such as Angola, Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe-Rhodesia and then, simply, Zimbabwe) and South Africa were all part of a dangerous game being played between the United States and its proxy forces in the region against Communist-backed insurgencies supported by the Read more