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Whitewashing the Shah: Racial Liberalism and U.S. Foreign Policy During the 1953 Coup of Iran

Abstract When the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency recently declassified documents relating to the 1953 Coup in Iran, it was discovered that American involvement was much deeper than previously known. In fact, the CIA had orchestrated the coup against democratically-elected Mohammed Mossadegh. This action was sold to the United States public as being essential to democracy, which seems contradictory to its actual purpose. U.S. political leaders justified the coup by linking it to what Charles Mills calls “racial liberalism,” a longstanding ideological tradition in America that elevates the white citizen to a place of power and protection while making the racial noncitizens “others” in the political system. Political leaders in the United S... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Anderson, Kira Camille (Author) / Forrest, M. David (Advisor) / Murphy Erfani, Julie (Committee member) / Behl, Natasha (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Political science / History / Middle Eastern history / Coup / Eisenhower / Iran / Mossadegh / Roosevelt / United States
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 68 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Social Justice and Human Rights 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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