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Here I Stand

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First published in 1958 and re-issued to mark the centenary of Robeson's birth, these memoirs paint a remarkable portrait of an amazing man - talented and successful worldwide as a singer and actor, and a passionate and outspoken critic of racism in American society. The most celebrated black American of his day, Robeson was blacklisted, silenced and had his US passport wi ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Cassell Academic (first published August 5th 1971)
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There was a lot I didn't know about Paul Robeson. That the when the full weight of the U.S. government's anger fell upon him as a red and for his exposure of civil rights abuses, his income fell from $100,000 to $6,000 a year, his life as a public performer was effectively ended for 10 years, and they took his passport from him...I still can't quite get over that they took his passport from him. I don't know why, or that there is much the US government can do to surprise. But he never changed hi ...more
This was a compelling book about Paul troubles with the American Government. It showed how Paul was becoming a Pan African and how he had the ear of many African Revolutionaries who became leaders of their countries. Paul being Whitelisted over Communism was really about, not allowing him to voice Internationally the racism here at home. Malcolm X stated that this book was one of the books that changed and influenced his life and after reading it I can see why. It was Paul who first brought up b ...more
Since living in NJ and my husband working at Princeton I was drawn to the book, add to that that I too attended and I worked at Rutgers University and I wanted to learn more about Paul Robeson.

Robeson begins the book with talking about his Princeton boyhood. The roots of his world-view that would ultimately be his undoing were set down there. "Throughout his youth, Robeson's father [a pastor in the A.M.E. Zion Church:] insisted on 'personal integrity,' which included the idea of 'maximum human f
Cathy Cunningham
Great. Learned the truth about Robeson, not the U.S. goverment's mis-information about him.
Mary Watkins
This is not so much a memoir as it is a perspective of life from the legendary performer/civil rights activist. The passion that Paul displays for his art and for justice are infectious. This is required reading for the aspiring commmunity leader.
Yay! This is an amazing little book. It had a decent contextualizing forward, and, written in 1958, Robeson is visionary in his analysis of the civil rights struggle. What a bad-ass, principled person. Loved it. Read it.
I am fascinated by Paul Robeson's life as a scholar, activist, and performer. This book, along with the collection, Paul Robeson Speaks, is where I go for the man in his own words.
I like this book because he wrote about his trips to Russia, his career, his alma mater and his political life.
He was outspoken! They blacklisted him and told him he couldn't leave the country! He was brave and bold and eloquent.
A true example of progressive thought, inner strength, and extraordinary intellect.
Robeson was the Barack Obama of the 20th century, straight-up trailblazing!
I don't think any review I could write would do this book justice.
One of the most inspiring Americans of the 20th century.
Fascinating individual.
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