Adam by Adam: The Autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was loved; he was hated. He was admired; he was vilified. Few who heard this Congressman's fiery oratory or read his impassioned writings will forget him. Now a whole new generation will discover the fascinating life of this flamboyant, controversial, and wildly popular figure. With colorful details, Powell recounts his childhood in early 20th century Harlem, his education at an all-white college, his years preaching gospel and his rise in American politics. He takes readers inside the ...
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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was loved; he was hated. He was admired; he was vilified. Few who heard this Congressman's fiery oratory or read his impassioned writings will forget him. Now a whole new generation will discover the fascinating life of this flamboyant, controversial, and wildly popular figure. With colorful details, Powell recounts his childhood in early 20th century Harlem, his education at an all-white college, his years preaching gospel and his rise in American politics. He takes readers inside the halls of Congress, where he served as Chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee and was instrumental in the passage of Civil Rights legislation. And with his superb skills as a raconteur, he tells vivid stories of the influential people he'd met along the way, from celebrities to presidents to kings. With a foreword by his son Adam Clayton Powell III -- one that offers a richly perceptive explanation of what made his father the man he was -- Adam by Adam reveals the heart and soul of a true original who remains among the most influential black politicians in our nation's history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780758201959
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,424,523
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Prologue ix
1 Adam Clayton Powell, Sr 1
2 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr 13
3 My Education 22
4 My Religion 36
5 The Abyssinian Baptist Church 46
6 A Pioneer Marching Black 55
7 First Bad Nigger in Congress 70
8 Stevenson and Eisenhower 85
9 The Bandung Conference 102
10 Congress and Eisenhower 118
11 Little Rock Brush-Off 133
12 My Home Town 139
13 The United States vs. Powell 159
14 Castro and Cuba 185
15 The Committee on Education and Labor 199
16 The Plot of 1966 206
17 Jack Kennedy and LBJ 215
18 "The Cat's Only Living" 219
19 The Exile's Return 236
20 Black Power and the Future of Black America 242
Index 251
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