The Undiscovered Paul Robeson , An Artist’s Journey, by Jr. Paul Robeson

By Jr. Paul Robeson

The long-awaited, untold, within tale of the increase of the mythical actor, singer, pupil, and activist. the 1st quantity of this significant biography breaks new ground.

The maximum scholar-athlete-performing artist in U.S. background, Paul Robeson was once probably the most compelling figures of the 20 th century.

Now his son, Paul Robeson Jr., strains the dramatic arc of his upward push to reputation, portray a definitive photograph of Paul Robeson's early life. His father was once an escaped slave; his mom, a descendent of freedmen; and his spouse, the bright and bold Eslanda Cardozo Goode. With a legislation measure from Columbia college; a certified soccer occupation; identify roles in Eugene O'Neill's performs and in Shakespeare's Othello; and a live performance occupation in the USA and Europe, Robeson ruled his era.

This unparalleled biography unearths the intensity of Robeson's cultural scholarship, explores the contradictions he bridged in his own and political existence, and describes his emergence as a logo of the anticolonial and antifascist struggles. jam-packed with formerly unpublished images and resource fabrics from the personal diaries and letters of Paul and Eslanda Robeson, this is often the epic tale of a forerunner who now stands as considered one of America's maximum heroes.

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Sensitivity to its black freshman was in the college’s best interest. Rutgers fielded a formidable team in 1915, winning all but one of its games. Paul played in four games out of the eight-game schedule. In his Memory Book he confided that he was a “promising” tackle, and at the Thanksgiving Day team banquet he was one of the players singled out by Coach Sanford for special praise. William Drew, however, was less pleased. Paul had worked hard at trying to meet his father’s expectations during that term.

He called Paul in for a chat his first day on campus. A graying, powerfully built man of medium height with a square jaw and a benevolent look, Sanford matter-of-factly offered Paul his hand and put him at ease. However, his laconic message was not reassuring. The veterans on the team had rebelled against even the idea of a black player trying out for “their” team, and it had taken some time for Sanford to suppress threats of a strike. This was why Paul had not been invited to preseason practice.

However, playing a tough nine-game schedule against strong college teams and armed services teams studded with former college All-Americans, they won seven, lost one, and tied one. Paul was named first-team All-American by every major selector in the country, beginning with Walter Camp, the nation’s leading football expert, who declared: “There never was a more serviceable end, both in attack and defense, than Robeson. . ”14 Tom Thorp, another leading expert, called him “a football genius . .

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