A World View of Race.

First book by this academic, civil rights activist, and the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize

First book by Ralph Bunche, the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize by bringing the Israel and Arab states to agreement; a civil rights activist, diplomat, a fundamental co-planner to the founding of the United Nations, academic.

A World View of Race is “Bronze Booklet Number 4,” a series of booklets “...on the history, problems and cultural contributions of the Negro.” In the introduction of this political and economic study of race, Bunche writes:

...it is impossible to understand the underlying issues of modern world politics interpreted merely in simple terms of nations or domestic politics interpreted solely as groups engaged in economic and political competition. Race itself has become an effective instrument of national politics. A careful analysis of the role played by race affords us an important clue to world affairs. Fortunately there is a body of scientific knowledge on the subject of race which can be profitably explored. With this knowledge in hand we can more readily understand the true implications of the role played by race in the bitter political and economic conflicts besetting the world in which we live. (p3)

Chapters discuss: “Race and Imperialism” and “Race in the United States,” the latter discussing the “Yellow Peril,” prejudice against aliens, segregation, issues of class, the South as “Incubator of Negro Prejudice,” and “The Negro as a ‘Minority’ Group”. Each of the chapters ends with a series of discussion questions and a list of suggested readings.

ANB notes: “Concerned with the problems facing African Americans in the United States, Bunche published numerous articles on racial issues and the monograph A World View of Race (1936).”

Description: A World View of Race.

Washington, D.C.: The Associates in Negro Folk Education, 1936. [5], 98pp. First Edition. Small 8vo. Decorated, orange stiff-paper wrappers. Light rubbing to wrappers; near fine.


Price: $350.00