Paul Robeson: The Years of Promise and Achievement

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, Sep 30, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 521 pages
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The son of a former slave, Paul Robeson (1898--1976) rose to become an All-American athlete, Phi Beta Kappa student, internationally celebrated singer and actor, and champion of racial equality. Yet despite his courage and many accomplishments, he could not overcome the combined effects of racism and McCarthyism. He was forced to live his last years in internal exile under FBI surveillance, a broken man.

Over twenty years in preparation, this massively researched biography takes Robeson from his humble beginnings in rural New Jersey to international fame on the eve of World War II. Drawing on a variety of new sources, the book presents a fully rounded picture -- a portrait that corrects, supplements, and revises previous work on Robeson and his circle.

 

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Despite its great length, this new volume on one of America's most controversial performers covers only the period from Robeson's Princeton roots to his return from Russia in 1939. Based on a variety ... Read full review

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Discusses his wife's forebear, Francis Lewis Cardozo - a prominent Sephardic Jewish and Black South Carolinian

Contents

Princeton 18981907
1
Father Son 19071915
27
Robeson of Rutgers 19151919
44
Harlem 19191922
78
Beginnings of a Career 19221924
102
Concert Stage 19241925
135
Touring America 19261927
169
Show Boat 19281929
187
The Emperor Screen Images 19331934
269
The Search for Home 19341935
302
Film Its Limits 19351936
318
African Journeys 1936
338
Russian Romance 19361937
356
The World Scene Politics 19371939
379
Going Home 1939
402
NOTES
423

The Toast of England 19291930
207
Uncouplings 19301931
230
Coming of Age 1932
252

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About the author (2005)

Sheila Tully Boyle is an editor and writer who specializes in American studies.

Andrew Bunie is professor of history at Boston College. His books include The Negro in Virginia Politics and Robert L. Vann and the Pittsburgh Courier.

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