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Barbara Jordan: American Hero

Barbara Jordan: American Hero
Author: Mary Beth Rogers
ISBN 13: 9780553380668
ISBN 10: 553380664
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 2000-01-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 414
List Price: $21.00

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 for two decades until it struck her down at the age of fifty-nine.

In Barbara Jordan, Mary Beth Rogers deftly explores the forces that shaped the moral character and quiet dignity of this extraordinary woman.  She reveals the seeds of Jordan's trademark stoicism while recapturing the essence of a black woman entering politics just as the civil rights movement exploded across the nation. Celebrating Jordan's elegance, passion, and patriotism, this illuminating portrayal gives new depth to our understanding of one of the most influential women of our time-a woman whose powerful convictions and flair for oratorical drama changed the political landscape of America's twentieth century.

New York Times Book Review - Phil Gailey

Splendid...Rogers has filled in many of the blanks...an ample and inspiring account of Barbara Jordan's remarkable life.