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Author LinkSwindall, Lindsey R.,1977-
Title LinkPaul Robeson : a life of activism and art / Lindsey R. Swindall.
Distribution Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., [2013]
Description x, 201 pages :  illustrations ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Monograph
Series ( The library of African American biography )
Series ( Library of African-American biography.)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: Scholar Athlete -- Renaissance Man -- World Citizen -- People’s Artist -- Cold Warrior -- Final Curtain.
Summary Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art is the biography of an African American icon and a demonstration of historian Lindsey R. Swindall’s knack for thorough, detailed research and reflection. Paul Robeson was, at points in his life, an actor, singer, football player, political activist and writer, one of the most diversely talented members of the Harlem Renaissance. Swindall centers Robeson’s story around the argument that while Robeson leaned toward Socialism, a Pan-African perspective is fundamental to understanding his life as an artist and political advocate. Many previous works on Robeson have focused primarily on his involvement with the US Communist Party, paying little attention to the broader African influences on his politics and art. With each chapter focused on a decade of his life, this book affords us a fresh look at his story, and the ways in which the struggles, successes and studies of his formative years came to shape him as an artist, activist and man later on. Robeson’s story is one not simply of politics and protest, but of a man’s lifelong evolution from an athlete to an entertainer to an indispensible man of letters and African American thought. Swindall neatly outlines the events of Robeson’s life in a way that freshly presents him as a man whose work was influenced by more than just his circumstances, but by a spirit rooted in dedication to the African’s place in American art and politics.--book jacket.
Per.Sub. LinkRobeson, Paul, 1898-1976.
LinkRobeson, Paul, 1898-1976 -- Political and social views.
Subject LinkAfrican Americans -- Biography.
LinkAfrican American political activists -- Biography.
LinkAfrican American singers -- Biography.
LinkAfrican American athletes -- Biography.
LinkAfrican American authors -- Biography.
LinkHarlem Renaissance.

System Number 000680444
ISBN Link9781442207936 (cloth : alkaline paper)
Link1442207930 (cloth : alkaline paper)
Link9781442207943 (paper : alkaline paper)
Link1442207949 (paper : alkaline paper)
Link9781442207950 (ebook)

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