Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson

by Louise Chipley Slavicek




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604138436
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Series: Chelsea House Black Americans of Achievement Series
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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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