Ralph Bunche

Bunche, Ralph Johnson

Ralph Johnson Bunche (bŭnch), 1904–71, U.S. government official and UN diplomat, b. Detroit, Ph.D., Harvard, 1934. He taught political science at Howard Univ. (1928–40). In government service after 1941, he worked under the joint chiefs of staff and was a chief research analyst in the Office of Strategic Services. The first African American to be a division head in the Dept. of State (1945), he entered the United Nations in 1946 as director of the Trusteeship Division. He became (Dec., 1947) principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission and was awarded the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for mediating the 1948 Arab-Israeli truce. He served as UN undersecretary general for special political affairs (1955–67) and undersecretary general from 1967 until his retirement due to poor health shortly before his death.

See study by P. Mann (1975); biography by B. Jakouvek (1989).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Ralph Bunche: The Man and His Times
Benjamin Rivlin.
Holmes & Meier, 1990
The Near East and the Great Powers
Richard N. Frye.
Kennikat Press, 1969
Librarian’s tip: "The Palestine Problem" begins on p. 114
Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris, Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941
Jonathan Scott Holloway.
University of North Carolina Press, 2002
Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960
Brenda Gayle Plummer.
University of North Carolina Press, 1996
Black Politics and Black Political Behavior
Hanes Walton Jr.
Praeger, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Black Southern Politics: The Influences of Bunche, Martin, and Key"
Changing Patterns of Prejudice: A New Look at Today's Racial, Religious, and Cultural Tensions
Alfred J. Marrow.
Chilton Co., Book Division, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Tennis, Anyone?"
Black Leadership for Social Change
Jacob U. Gordon.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "Black Leadership in the Global Arena"
Peace for Palestine: First Lost Opportunity
Elmer Berger.
University Press of Florida, 1993
Peace Operations and Intrastate Conflict: The Sword or the Olive Branch?
Thomas R. Mockaitis.
Praeger Publishers, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Congo"
Notable U.S. Ambassadors since 1775: A Biographical Dictionary
Cathal J. Nolan.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Black Diplomacy: African Americans and the State Department, 1945-1969
Michael L. Krenn.
M. E. Sharpe, 1999
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