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The Legacy of J. William FulbrightPolicy, Power, and Ideology$
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Alessandro Brogi, Giles Scott-Smith, and Snyder David J.

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177700

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177700.001.0001

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“A thorn in the flesh”

“A thorn in the flesh”

Fulbright, Latin America, and the Enduring Cold War

(p.71) “A thorn in the flesh”
The Legacy of J. William Fulbright

Benjamin Brady

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines how crises in Cuba, Panama, and the Dominican Republic led Senator J. William Fulbright to question prevailing Cold War orthodoxy and to advocate an alternative internationalism rooted in self-determination. It argues that his support for self-determination in Latin America drew on his defense of southern autonomy within the United States and traces how he overlooked similarities between civil rights activism at home and revolutionary nationalism abroad. The chapter also describes how Fulbright antagonized President Lyndon Johnson and undermined the possibility of bettering relations with the Soviet Union during the 1960s.

Keywords:   Fulbright, Kennedy, Johnson, Cold War, Civil rights, Latin America, Revolutionary nationalism, Self-determination, Liberal internationalism, Détente

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