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Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson

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Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, and China two months after Mao's revolution. She was a woman of unusual accomplishment—an anthropologis ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Yale University Press (first published December 3rd 2012)
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Livey
Dec 30, 2015 Livey rated it liked it
This book was a very well written. In the beginning of the book, I wondered if there was a connection to the Cordoba High School in DC and was pleasantly surprised that both schools were named for her grandfather. Barbara is a very good writer and it reads pleasantly rather like a text book or a documentary.

Barbara Ransby has created an insightful, absorbing, and noteworthy biography. Eslanda Robeson was more remarkable than her husband, Paul Robeson. She was also an important writer and politic
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Urenna Sander
Feb 27, 2016 Urenna Sander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew! On occasion, I felt as though I needed to catch my breath while reading the autobiography of Eslanda (Essie) Cardozo Goode Robeson, by Barbara Ransby. I often imagined myself traveling with Essie during her journeys throughout Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean.

Born in Washington, D. C., in 1895, Essie’s ancestral history included freed and unfree African slaves and Sephardic Jews. Her maternal great-grandfather was a Sephardic Jew from Spain. During Recon
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Bob Simpson
Feb 01, 2014 Bob Simpson rated it it was amazing
Essie Goode Robeson led a 20th century life of activism, writing, travel and the arts. She faced many personal challenges as the spouse and sometime manager of actor-singer Paul Robeson. As African American political radicals with a global reputation, both faced persecution during the 1950's Red Scare. Barbara Ransby did meticulous research for the book and was successful in placing Essie Good Robeson's life in a larger context. Essie Good Robeson developed into what we would call today an "inte ...more
Jacqueline Trescott
Jan 25, 2016 Jacqueline Trescott rated it really liked it
I loved the history and people who were incorporated into this story of a fascinating woman, Eslanda Robeson. The author certainly proved Eslanda stood as her own groundbreaking figure. She took her own education and training into national and international politics of the 20th Century, while managing the career of her world-famous history. Their marriage and politics and success were all complicated but that made the story all the more engrossing.
Bendy
Aug 27, 2013 Bendy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed getting to know Eslanda. The story is well written. I think her life is so interwoven with her husband that he get more than an equal share of this book. She was a bright light to a man that was often depressed. I loved her can -do attitude. I would have liked to have had a passage that stated what her son felt about his parents life.
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301.092 R212 2013
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Barbara Ransby is an historian, writer and longtime activist. She is a Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she directs both the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. She previously served as Interim Vice Provost for Planning and Programs (2011 -2012) at UIC. P ...more
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