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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Ralph Bunche: Selected full-text books and articles

Ralph Bunche: The Man and His Times By Benjamin Rivlin Holmes & Meier, 1990
The Near East and the Great Powers By Richard N. Frye Kennikat Press, 1969
Librarian’s tip: "The Palestine Problem" by Ralph Bunche begins on p. 114
Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960 By Brenda Gayle Plummer University of North Carolina Press, 1996
Black Politics and Black Political Behavior By 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 By Alfred J. Marrow Chilton Co., Book Division, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Tennis, Anyone?"
Black Leadership for Social Change By Jacob U. Gordon Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "Black Leadership in the Global Arena"
Peace for Palestine: First Lost Opportunity By Elmer Berger University Press of Florida, 1993
Peace Operations and Intrastate Conflict: The Sword or the Olive Branch? By Thomas R. Mockaitis Praeger Publishers, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The Congo"
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