Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change by Barbara WinslowShirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change by Barbara Winslow

Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change

byBarbara Winslow

Paperback | November 1, 2013

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A staunch proponent of breaking down racial and gender barriers, Shirley Chisholm had the esteemed privilege of being a pioneer in many aspects of her life. She was the first African American woman from Brooklyn elected to the New York State legislature and the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968. She also made a run for the Democratic Party nomination for president in 1972. Focusing on Chisholm's lifelong advocacy for fair treatment, access to education, and equal pay for all American minority groups, this book explores the life of a remarkable woman in the context of twentieth-century urban America and the tremendous social upheaval that occurred after World War II.

About the Lives of American Women series: Selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a woman's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a 'good read', featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Barbara Winslowis professor and historian who teaches in the School of Education and for the Women's Studies Program at Brooklyn College. Her first book wasSylvia Pankhurst: Sexual Politics and Political Activismand she coauthoredClio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching US Women's History in the Classrooms. She is the founder and pr...
Title:Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813347696

ISBN - 13:9780813347691

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Table of Contents


1. Barbados

2. Brooklyn

3. All Politics is Local

4. Black Power

5. New York State Assemblywoman

6. I Am Woman

7. An Unquiet Congresswoman

8. Testing the Presidential Waters

9. On the Chisholm Trail

10. Political and Personal Transformations

11. Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

"Winslow's synthesis and attention to race, class, and gender dynamics makes it an excellent introduction to a woman who prided herself on being ‘unbossed and unbought.'…Chisholm understood that politics is never a spectator sport; Winslow reminds us that we ignore it at our peril."—Truthout"Winslow offers a valuable perspective on a woman who faced challenges of race and sex as she pushed the agenda for social justice in her long political career."—BooklistPraise for the Lives of American Women series:"Finally! The majority of students—by which I mean women—will have the opportunity to read biographies of women from our nation's past. (Men can read them too, of course!) The ‘Lives of American Women' series features an eclectic collection of books, readily accessible to students who will be able to see the contributions of women in many fields over the course of our history. Long overdue, these books will be a valuable resource for teachers, students, and the public at large."—Cokie Roberts, author of Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty