Here I Stand

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Robeson's international achievements as a singer and actor in starring roles on stage and screen made him the most celebrated black American of his day, but his outspoken criticism of racism in the United States, his strong support of African independence, and his fascination with the Soviet Union placed him under the debilitating scrutiny of McCarthyism. Blacklisted, his famed voice silenced, Here I Stand offered a bold answer to his accusers. It remains today a defiant challenge to the prevailing fear and ...
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Overview

Robeson's international achievements as a singer and actor in starring roles on stage and screen made him the most celebrated black American of his day, but his outspoken criticism of racism in the United States, his strong support of African independence, and his fascination with the Soviet Union placed him under the debilitating scrutiny of McCarthyism. Blacklisted, his famed voice silenced, Here I Stand offered a bold answer to his accusers. It remains today a defiant challenge to the prevailing fear and racism that continues to characterize American society.
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This amazing man, this great intellect, this magnificent genius with his overwhelming love of humanity is a devastating challenge to a society built on hypocrisy, greed and profit-seeking at the expense of common humanity. -The New York Times

"[Robeson's] nobility, his language, his encouragement and his praise put me forever in his debt because it inspired me fully . . . to be like him, and to use my life as he had used his, to put into it the commitment of the liberation of his people and all people." -Harry Belafonte in Restoring Hope

"Robeson's book is a perennial, first published in 1958, and now a voice from a different time. It anticipates for black persons the 'moral support of the American majority' with an intensity that now seems evangelical. It's full of a probably tragic hope. It should be read." -The Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807064450
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 621,414
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Leroy Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an American concert singer (bass), recording artist, actor, athlete, scholar who was an advocate for the Civil Rights Movement in the first half of the 20th century. He gained international attention for his work in the arts and he merged his artistic career with political activism to speak out for the equality of minorities and the rights of workers throughout the world. His friendship with the Soviet Union and the Soviet peoples plus criticism of the lack of progress in civil rights in the United States at the outset of the Cold War and during the age of McCarthyism brought scrutiny, conflict and retribution from the American government. His public persona became diminished, his income plummeted and he faced isolation from the Civil Rights Movement in the second half of the 20th century.
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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Paul Robeson gives us a view of how he felt and experienced life

    Paul Robeson gives us a view of how he felt and experienced life in the United States of America and abroad.He gives us insight into his thinking about the events of his life and how those events shaped his thinking on many topics/subjects. Here is a quote that is rather fascinating, " ... in England I learned that there truly is a kinship among us all, a basis for mutual respect and brotherly love." We read about Paul's restriction from travel to other countries and how those countries felt, and what some countries did about his passport being taken from him. A quote about this situation," ... "Whenever the Washington office-holders have decided in their own minds that such travel is contrary to the best interests of the United States," passports have been denied." All of Paul Robeson's insights will offer readers an education, will offer informative details and descriptions as well as a lesson in United States history. **Great, worth while reading material is presented in this book "Here I Stand."

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