Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma / Edition 1

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma / Edition 1

by Charles V. Hamilton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815411847

ISBN-13: 9780815411840

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In this authoritative biography of the congressman and civil rights activist Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Prof. Hamilton reassesses the man's unique and complex place in American history. As the senior pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, Powell led protests against segregation and discrimination during the Great Depression. Through persistent effort and

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In this authoritative biography of the congressman and civil rights activist Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Prof. Hamilton reassesses the man's unique and complex place in American history. As the senior pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, Powell led protests against segregation and discrimination during the Great Depression. Through persistent effort and skillful politicking, Powell was elected to Congress in 1944 and continued his efforts on behalf of blacks during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations. Following Kennedy's election, Powell gained the chairmanship of the House Committee on Education and Labor, but the remaining years of his life were filled with accusations, family problems, and the loss of his supporters. Drawing on extensive interviews and untapped archival material, Hamilton enriches the reader's understanding of Powell and the turbulent era in which he lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815411840
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: An American dilemma and a Political Career1
Introduction
1.The Fall from Power: Double Standard or Due Punishment?13
2.Born to Privilege and Pampering41
The Pulpit and Protest, 1930s-1940s
3.Harlem: A Report to the Mayor and Advice from a Columnist55
4.Abyssinian Bapist Church: A Symbiotic Relationship71
5.Preaching and Picketing83
6.The City Council and Mayor La Guardia109
Congressional Irritant, 1940s-1950s
7.Election to Congress and the Roosevelts139
8.President Truman and a Report: "To Secure These Rights"163
9.The Communist Party, the FBI, and "Mr. Civil Rights"175
10.The Eisenhower Administration, the "Powell Amendment," and the Liberals' Lament199
11.The Bandung Conference and a (Surprising) Voice for America237
12.Alleged Kickbacks and an Income Tax Investigation249
13.Switch to President Eisenhower, 1956259
14.Victory over Tammany Hall, 1958299
15.Surviving an Income Tax Trial313
Power and Paradox, 1960s
16.The New Frontier, a New Chairman, and President Kennedy329
17.The Great Society, "Mr. Chairman," and President Johnson369
18."I will always do just what every other Congressman ... has done."407
19.Exposing Crime and Corruption, and the "Bag Woman" Case429
20.Congressional Rebuke, Supreme Court Victory, and Electoral Defeat445
21.Legacy479
Notes489
Index529

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