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The Undiscovered Paul Robeson


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Preface: "I Am Looking for Freedom". Acknowledgments. I. "America's Number One Negro" (1939-1945). 1. The Calling (1939-1940). 2. The Quest (1941). 3. Hero and Enemy (1942-1943). 4. The Robeson Othello (1943-1945). II. Against the Tide (1945-1949). 5. Challenging the Mighty (1945-1946). 6. Storm Warnings (1946-1948). 7. Into the Eye of the Storm (1949). 8. Peekskill, New York (1949). III. Paying the Price (1950-1958). 9. Struggle for Survival (1950-1954). 10. Victory over Despair (1955-1956). 11. Rising from the Ashes (1957-1958). IV. Journey to Jerusalem (1958-1976). 12. A Hero's Welcome (1958-1960). 13. CIA Ambush? (1961-1963). 14. A Temporary Reprieve (1963-1965). 15. "No Cross; No Crown" (1965-1976). Notes. Index.

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Paul Robeson Jr. is a freelance journalist, translator, and highly regarded lecturer on American and Russian history. He served as a personal aide to his father for more than twenty years and has been a civil rights activist since the 1940s. He is the owner and archivist of the Paul Robeson and Eslanda Robeson Collections, which consist of over 50,000 items, including thousands of photographs and hundreds of audio recordings. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.


In this second volume (after The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: An Artist's Journey, 1898-1939 ) of the biography of scholar, athlete, performing artist, and human rights activist Paul Robeson, his son examines what are perhaps the most controversial and turbulent decades of his father's life. Robeson, an important figure of the 20th century, is only dimly remembered and has been marginalized to the point of tragedy. Drawing on family archives and his close relationship with his father, Robeson Jr. does not apologize or negate the contradictions and deep complexities of his father's personality-rather he acknowledges that these intricacies are part of what made Robeson such a powerful figure. Verdict Using previously unpublished materials, Robeson Jr. has created a fascinating portrait of an outspoken man who never backed down from his beliefs, even when they threatened his life and work. Highly recommended for those interested in African American history, the early civil rights movement, and politics during the cold war.-Teri Shiel, Westfield State Coll. Lib., MA ( , January 29, 2010)

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