Here I Stand

Here I Stand First published in 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

  • Title: Here I Stand
  • Author: Paul Robeson
  • ISBN: 9780304703517
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 wiFirst 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 withheld because of his criticism of McCarthyism, his fascination with the Soviet Union and his strong support of African independence He wrote Here I Stand as a bold answer to his accusers and it remains today a passionate and defiant challenge to the prevailing fear and racism that continues to characterize American society Robeson s nobility, his language, his encouragement and his praise put me forever in his debt because it inspired me fully to be like him, and to use my life as he had used his, to put into it the commitment of the liberation of his people and all people Harry Belafonte in Restoring Hope Robeson s book is a perennial, first published in 1958, and now a voice from a different time It anticipates for black persons the moral support of the American majority with an intensity that now seems evangelical It s full of probably tragic hope It should be read The Boston Globe This amazing man, this great intellect, this magnificient genius with his overwhelming love of humanity is a devastating challenge to a society built on hypocrisy, greed and profit seeking at the expense of common humanity The New York Times

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    1. 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 himI 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 his p [...]

    2. righteous "'How long, o Lord, how long?' - that ancient cry of the oppressed is often voiced these days in editorials in the Negro newspapers whose pages are filled with word-and-picture reports of outrages against our people. A photograph of a Negro being kicked by a white mobster brings the vicious blow crashing against the breast of the reader, and there are all the other horrible pictures - burning cross, beaten minister, bombed school, threatened children, mutilated man, imprisoned mother, [...]

    3. A great introduction to the political thought of an important - but seldom studied - figure in the struggle for global Black Liberation. "Here I Stand" is not an autobiography, and only the first chapter delves into his childhood, providing just enough information to understand his background. Instead, the book provides a response to everything that was being written and said about Robeson at the time. Here, he explains his appreciation for the Soviet Union and England, but also an explanation a [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. More a personal and political testament than an autobiography or a manifesto, this book feels incredibly true to Robeson as a person. The style, the concerns, and the politics are all just typical of him - mostly, in the best possible way; but with evidence of his shortcomings too. It's a lovely way to become more acquainted with one of the foremost Americans of the twentieth century.

    7. "Freedom is a hard-brought thing and millions are still in chains, but they strain toward the new day drawing near" - Paul Robeson.I was very eager to learn more about Robeson and it is so fascinating that the same things going on while this book was written, are still happening today. Sad world we live in where history continues to repeat itself.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. He was outspoken! They blacklisted him and told him he couldn't leave the country! He was brave and bold and eloquent.

    11. 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.

    12. I like this book because he wrote about his trips to Russia, his career, his alma mater and his political life.

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