Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Legacy of J. William FulbrightPolicy, Power, and Ideology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 02 July 2022

The Limits of Liberal Internationalism

The Limits of Liberal Internationalism

The Fulbright Program in Africa

(p.222) The Limits of Liberal Internationalism
The Legacy of J. William Fulbright

Hannah Higgin

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter addresses how Fulbright’s views on race complicated American exchange programs with African nations in the 1960s. At the height of the civil rights movement, Presidents Kennedy and Johnson sought to improve relations with newly decolonized African nations, and Fulbright’s influence over exchange programs complicated that pursuit. Though Fulbright believed that boosting mutual understanding through exchange was the world’s best hope for creating and maintaining peace, he did not believe that all people—not least Africans—would be able to grasp the liberal, Western ideals he wished to spread. Though he was known as a racial moderate, his outlook on policy was hemmed in by the color line at home and abroad, a fact that constrained the US government’s African exchange programming. He preferred that the focus of exchange programs remain on Europe.

Keywords:   Africa, Educational exchange, Civil rights, Race, J. William Fulbright

University Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .