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Barbara Jordan: American Hero

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Barbara Jordan was the first African American to serve in the Texas Senate since Reconstruction, the first black woman elected to Congress from the South, and the first to deliver the keynote address at a national party convention. Yet Jordan herself remained a mystery, a woman so private that even her close friends did not know the name of the illness that debilitated her ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 4th 2000 by Bantam (first published December 1st 1998)
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Sally Kenney
Jul 25, 2008 Sally Kenney rated it really liked it
A fantastic biography (even if Rogers defers to Jordan's powerful need for privacy and never even grants Nancy the title of "longtime companion"). I learned a great deal about Texas politics, civil rights, and women in American political institutions. Jordan was clearly a complex figure: a feminist who eschewed the label--refusing to join the Congressional Caucus for Women's issues yet worked for the Equal Rights Amendement; a powerful civil rights leader who cozied up to the Texas good ole boys ...more
Scott
Apr 01, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
This is the second time I've read this excellent biography of Barbara Jordan and I have to say that I picked up so much more on the second reading. By any standard, Jordan must be counted among the greatest statesmen/women in American history. Her wisdom, grace, grit and courage are truly inspirational.

Jordan was a patriot, loved our country, revered our constitution, and was truly a light of hope during some of our country's darkest days politically. For one of the best constitutional civics le
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Mar 23, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
The Hilo Public Library featured this book, one of about twenty books, in a recent Helene Hale Collection: International Women of Courage display. If you don't know about Helene Hale, who is one of the heroes of The Big Island of Hawaii, then google her because her story is noteworthy. I had always greatly admired Barbara Jordan. I watched her seemingly unlikely alliance with Lyndon Johnson in the War Against Poverty. I was one of thousands of Americans schooled by her when she made a speech ...more
Peter
May 29, 2010 Peter rated it really liked it
Jordan is a fascinating politician. All I really knew about her before starting this book was that she was an African American congresswoman who had an incredible voice. Like many Americans I was captivated by her baritone, resonant voice, it made you take notice. The author of the book does a wonderful job not only recounting Jordan's life, but provides the historic context about the world Jordan grew up in, lived in and in turn effected. An interesting read, but its audience would be limited ...more
Katie Ellet
Jun 08, 2011 Katie Ellet rated it liked it
I have definitely found a new hero in Barbara Jordan, and although it may get me kicked out of the Republican party, I now want to join the NAACP! :-) Jordan was an awesome woman who overcame tremendous obstacles. The book itself was well researched, but not all that I would have liked it to be. The author skipped most of Jordan's private life, leaving me wondering who this woman really was. The book was more of a research project than an exploration of the person.
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Sep 22, 2013 Skip rated it it was amazing
Barbara Jordan was one of the strongest people, filled with uncompromising integrity, the US has ever seen. What a great person she was. And all those around her were profoundly effected by her in a positive way. To have just ten like her in congress would set the US straight as one of the great nations of the world.
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Apr 02, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
The current postage stamp moved me to read about this woman of whom I knew too little. Now, of course, I want to read biographies of some of the other players in her life. . .
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I am a huge Barbara Jordan fan so I really enjoyed learning about her personal and political life.
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