The Political Life of Bella Abzug, 1920–1976: Political Passions, Women's Rights, and Congressional Battles

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Lexington Books, Oct 10, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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The Political Life of Bella Abzug, 1920–1976: Political Passions, Women’s Rights, and Congressional Battles, by Alan H. Levy, marks the first full biography of Bella Abzug. Abzug was one of woman in politics in mid- and late-twentieth-century America. Levy traces the New York City world of Russian-Jewish immigrants into which Abzug was born. He then examines her education through Columbia Law School, her marriage, and her early work both as a labor attorney and as an advocate for many controversial causes, including that of an African-American falsely accused of raping a white woman in Jim Crow Era Mississippi. Levy studies Abzug’s work for nuclear disarmament, her activism against the Vietnam War, and her successful bid for Congress in 1970. From there, the biography details the myriad of issues with which Abzug grappled as a Member of Congress from 1971 to 1977, and ends with her close loss to Daniel Patrick Moynihan in a bid for the U.S. Senate in 1976. A second book, studying the rest of Abzug’s life from 1976 to 1998, is to follow.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Live and Let Live
5
World War II Law School and Marriage
21
Working People
31
An Explosion in My Mind
55
Back Downtown
71
She Always Did Her Homework
85
Go F Yourself
115
Priscilla Ryan
179
From Nixon to Ford
189
The Last Word
203
A Staggering Workload
215
Safe Seat to No Seat
237
Selected Bibliography
275
Index
281
About the Author
287

These Motherfers
135
Her Eyes Were Murderous
165

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Alan H. Levy is professor of American history at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where he has taught modern American history for 30 years.

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