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Union by LawFilipino American Labor Activists, Rights Radicalism, and Racial Capitalism$
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Michael W. McCann and George I. Lovell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226679877

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226680071.001.0001

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The Cold War Era

The Cold War Era

Global Empire, the Rise of Marcos, and Civil Rights

(p.199) Prologue to Part II The Cold War Era
Union by Law

Michael W. McCann

George I. Lovell

University of Chicago Press

This prologue outlines a variety of developments in the post-World War II era that set the stage for Part Two of our historical narrative. On the one hand, the Philippines emerged economically devastated, politically divided, and dependent on the US in new ways. The Cold War increased the strategic significance of the Philippines as an American client state and contributed to the context in which autocrat Ferdinand Marcos rose and imposed a reign of terror. On the other hand, the Second World War, the Cold War, and industrial economic expansion transformed global racial politics, catalyzing the civil rights movement in the U.S., American immigration reform, anti-colonial and anti-apartheid movements in the Global South, and eventual neo-liberal pro-business backlash against progressive causes that restricted the forms of justice available under racial liberalism. The geographic context of Seattle will be emphasized as a site for these contested historical developments of racial capitalist empire.

Keywords:   racial break, civil rights, Cold War, Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, World War II, immigration reform, racial liberalism, anti-colonial, Seattle

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