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Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson by Susan Rubin Goldman

Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson

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Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson by Susan Rubin Goldman
May 26, 2020 | ISBN 9781644720523

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“A veteran author for younger readers, Rubin provides a meticulously researched biography that integrates numerous archival images. This offering foregrounds Robeson as a powerful, studied voice of Negro spirituals, a black folk music tradition rich in religious symbolism that arose in response (and resistance to) enslavement in the U.S. Rubin lays out Robeson’s lifelong evolution on a number of personal and political issues in dialogue with his wife, Eslanda, and other noteworthy figures. Readers can expect to sit with these lessons from the committed life of one of the 20th century’s most resonant voices. A rigorous, relatable text about one of America’s all-time entertainers and social activists.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The opening vignette in Rubin’s detailed look at a Renaissance American shows Robeson performing in 1925’s ‘music event of the year.’ The wildly acclaimed concert was just one triumph in the life of this remarkable performer, sportsman, civil rights champion, and son of a runaway enslaved man. Rubin presents Robeson’s life in short chapters starting with his childhood…and continuing through his life as a young father…to his controversial life as an outspoken critic of conditions for African Americans. (T)he writing…is complemented by clearly reproduced black-and-white images of Robeson, his family, and others, which help bring the era to life. More than 50 pages of back matter…extensive notes, create opportunities aplenty for further research. A quality choice for history and biography shelves.” —Booklist 

“Readers of this thorough biography might ask themselves, ‘Is there anything Paul Robeson couldn’t do?’ Robeson gained fame with his marvelous singing voice, performing spirituals in concert, acting in plays, and appearing in hit films. He aimed to portray dignified African Americans…at a time when roles for people of color were relegated to degrading stereotypes. As time went on, he devoted more energy to speaking out about civil rights. Robeson never stopped fighting against injustice. Middle and high school students will find inspiration in the life of this fascinating figure in African American history.” School Library Journal 

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