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Paul Robeson

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Paul Robeson rose from humble circumstances to become a Phi Beta Kappa honoree and college football star. Discouraged by the limited opportunities for black attorneys in 1920s America, he gave up a law career to become a professional actor and singer. His rich bass-baritone voice, charisma, and exceptional acting abilities soon made him one of the most acclaimed performers of the 1930s and 1940s. Robeson's commitment to social causes and outspoken admiration for the Soviet Union, however, turned him into a pariah...

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Overview

Paul Robeson rose from humble circumstances to become a Phi Beta Kappa honoree and college football star. Discouraged by the limited opportunities for black attorneys in 1920s America, he gave up a law career to become a professional actor and singer. His rich bass-baritone voice, charisma, and exceptional acting abilities soon made him one of the most acclaimed performers of the 1930s and 1940s. Robeson's commitment to social causes and outspoken admiration for the Soviet Union, however, turned him into a pariah in the United States. In Paul Robeson, discover how one of the greatest cultural figures of the twentieth century was vilified and ignored by mainstream American culture for his Communist sympathies during the Red Scare era.

Based on the critically acclaimed Black Americans of Achievement, The Legacy Edition series presents revised editions of some of the most popular titles from the original series, plus many all-new volumes These books have been fully updated to include many new features, full-color photographs, and new material emphasizing each figure's legacy as a black American.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—These books couldn't be more different from one another. Armstrong is a sweet, touching biography that looks at the extraordinary life of a musical genius. The writing is clear and engaging, with a light, humorous touch. The text moves along smoothly, interrupted from time to time by informational text boxes that supply additional and often fascinating information. Readers are treated to an overview of a unique personality. Slavicek follows the same formula, and does give the facts of Robeson's life, but there's little to reveal the full-bodied man behind them. She does, however, illuminate his music and his artistry on the stage and in film. Both books include a few black-and-white photos and reproductions. Armstrong will make a fine addition to any collection. For those libraries with few or no resources on Robeson, Slavicek's biography provides a solid overview of the man's life.—Carol Jones Collins, Hanover Park High School, East Hanover, NJ
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Table of Contents

1 Peekskill, New York: September 4, 1949 1

2 The Reverend Robeson's Son 6

3 At Rutgers 19

4 From Law Student to Actor 30

5 International Stardom 46

6 New Interests, New Causes 61

7 Robeson Becomes Controversial 75

8 Last Years and Legacy 91

Chronology 103

Further Reading 105

Picture Credits 106

Index 107

About the Author 112

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