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Paul Robeson: Essays on His Life and Legacy / Edition 1
     

Paul Robeson: Essays on His Life and Legacy / Edition 1

by Joseph Dorinson, William (Eds.) Pencak, Henry Foner, William Pencak
 

ISBN-10: 0786421630

ISBN-13: 9780786421633

Pub. Date: 10/15/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Paul Robeson was born April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of an escaped slave. He rose to unparalleled heights as an athlete, actor, singer, and activist, and was arguably the most prominent African American from the 1920s through the 1950s. This work is a compilation of 18 essays written by scholars and activists that were presented at a one-day

Overview

Paul Robeson was born April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of an escaped slave. He rose to unparalleled heights as an athlete, actor, singer, and activist, and was arguably the most prominent African American from the 1920s through the 1950s. This work is a compilation of 18 essays written by scholars and activists that were presented at a one-day conference held at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus on February 28, 1998, to honor Robeson’s life and legacy. The essays discuss his significance as a singer, his political activism, his efforts to achieve solidarity between African Americans and Jews, the important role played by his wife, Eslanda Goode Robeson, in his struggles, his founding of the Freedom newspaper during the Korean War, his contemporary relevance, and the way conservative Americans turned against him, refused to discuss him in the press, and tried to silence his voice.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786421633
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Preface 5

Introduction 7

THE EARLY YEARS Childhood, Sports, and College

African Americans: Childhood in Slavery, Childlike in Freedom…and Paul Robeson as Child and Parent 13

Paul Robeson: Rutgers Phenomenon 31

Something to Cheer About: Paul Robeson, Athlete 65

Robeson the Athlete: A Remembrance 76

The Political Struggle

A Man of His Times: Paul Robeson and the Press 81

Out of the Shadows: The Political Writings of Eslanda Goode Robeson 98

Paul Robeson and Jackie Robinson: Athletes and Activists at Armageddon 113

Paul Robeson, Peekskill, and the Red Menace 120

Remembering Peekskill, USA, 1949 130

Paul Robeson, Freedom Newspaper, and the Korean War 133

Music, Film, Theater

A Dream Betrayed: Paul Robeson and the British Film Industry 145

Paul Robeson and Classical Music 152

“A Symbol, Representing My People”: Marian Anderson’s Way, Not Opposed to Paul Robeson’s 160

“You Know Who I Am!” Paul Robeson’s Ballad for Americans and the Paradox of the Double V in American Popular Front Culture 167

When Paul Robeson Sang to Me 180

Legacies

“Americans Through Their Labor”: Paul Robeson’s Vision of Cultural and Economic Democracy 187

Paul Robeson: Icon or Hero? 194

Expanding the African-American Studies Curriculum: “Paul Robeson: An American Life” 213

Paul 219

About the Contributors 221

Index 223

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