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Paul Robeson

A Life of Activism and Art
Swindall, Lindsey R. (Book - 2013)
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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.--INSIDE COVER.
Authors: Swindall, Lindsey R., 1977-
Title: Paul Robeson
a life of activism and art
Publisher: Lanham :, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.,, [2013]
Characteristics: x, 201 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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.--INSIDE COVER.
Local Note: 15 53 118
ISBN: 1442207949
9781442207943
1442207930
9781442207936
Statement of Responsibility: Lindsey R. Swindall
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Harlem Renaissance. African American authors Biography. African American athletes Biography. African American singers Biography. African American political activists Biography. African Americans Biography. Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976 Political and social views. Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976.
Topical Term: Harlem Renaissance.
African American authors
African American athletes
African American singers
African American political activists
African Americans
LCCN: 2012046652
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May 22, 2014
  • athena14 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book is, sadly, a long recitation of names and dates and concert numbers. There's no life to it. Martin Duberman's bio of Paul Robeson is much, much better.

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