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Between Homeland and MotherlandAfrica, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Black Leadership in America$
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Alvin B. Jr. Tillery

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448973

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448973.001.0001

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“We Are a Power Bloc”

“We Are a Power Bloc”

The Congressional Black Caucus and Africa

Chapter:
(p.125) 5 “We Are a Power Bloc”
Source:
Between Homeland and Motherland
Author(s):

Alvin B. Tillery

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448973.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the role that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has played in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy toward Africa since the 1960s. The pivotal role of the CBC in passing the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act (CAAA) of 1986 in particular places the discussion in this chapter into context. Previous studies tend to view the activism of the CBC on this issue as a function of its deep commitments to striking down the last vestiges of settler colonialism in Africa and to forging ties with the ancestral homeland. The chapter shows that affective ties to black South Africans living under apartheid were an important force motivating the CBC during its long campaign to pass a sanctions bill, and also that strategic calculations about what was expedient on the home front played an even larger role in pushing the CBC to initiate sanctions legislation.

Keywords:   Congressional Black Caucus, CBC, U.S. foreign policy, Africa, CAAA, Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, colonialism in Africa, affective ties, black South Africans

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