The Lion of Judah in the New World: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and the Shaping of Americans' Attitudes toward Africa: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and the Shaping of Americans' Attitudes toward Africa

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ABC-CLIO, Feb 2, 2011 - History - 231 pages
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The Lion of Judah in the New World: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and the Shaping of Americans' Attitudes toward Africa tells the story of a dynamic ruler who influenced the perception of an entire continent. Documenting the Emperor's state visits to North America, the book explores U.S. foreign policy towards Ethiopia and Africa over two decades. At the same time, it seeks to understand why Haile Selassie enjoyed such celebrity in the United States and how he became so important in determining U.S. attitudes toward Africa.

The book includes a brief biography of the Emperor and also explores the geography and long, colorful history of Ethiopia. The tensions and contradictions that marked Haile Selassie's life are highlighted in significant episodes that underscore his astute use of public relations and personal diplomacy. His leadership of postcolonial Africa during the Cold War is examined, as is his ultimate rejection by the United States in 1973 that marked the end of the monarchy and ushered in the tragic fratricide of Ethiopian civil war.

 

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Contents

1 A Lion in the Streets
1
2 From Sly Fox to King of Kings
19
3 Mussolini and the Legacy of Adwa
28
4 Liberation under the Shadow of Britain
33
5 The Treasure of Kagnew
40
6 A Very Royal First State Visit 1954
48
7 The Spring of the Lion
64
8 The Rituals of US and Ethiopian Diplomacy
95
The Second State Visit 1963
112
The Kennedy Funeral
130
The Third State Visit 1967
136
The Nixon State Visits 1969 1970 and 1973
161
Epilogue
186
Notes
197
Selected Bibliography
219
Index
223

Photo essay
105
9 1960 The Annus Horribilis of Haile Selassie
105

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Theodore M. Vestal, PhD, is professor emeritus of political science at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

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