A world-famous singer and actor, a trained lawyer, an early star of
American professional football and a polyglot who spoke over a dozen
languages. These could be the crowning achievements of a life
well-lived, yet for Paul Robeson the higher calling of social justice
led him to abandon both the NFL and Hollywood and become one of the most
important political activists of his generation - battling both Jim
Crow and Joseph McCarthy. Gerald Horne's biography uses Robeson's
remarkable and revolutionary life to tell the story of the 20th
century's great political struggles: against racism, against
colonialism, and for international socialism.
This critical and searching account provides an opportunity for readers to comprehend the triumphs and tragedies of the revolutionary progressive movement of which Robeson was not just a part, but, perhaps, its most resonant symbol.
Paul Robeson : The Artist as Revolutionary - Gerald Horne
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