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Author: Wil Haygood
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was one of the most brilliant, charismatic, and controversial politicians of this century - and one of the most productive legislators in American history. This vivid and penetrating biography by Wil Haygood, whom Ward Just has praised as "perhaps America's best young reporter," evokes the physical, political, and racial reality of both Powell's life and the civil rights struggle of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Haygood, Wil.
King of the cats.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1993
(OCoLC)606323396
Named Person: Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; Adam C Powell; Adam Clayton Powell; ADAM CLAYTON POWELL
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wil Haygood
ISBN: 0395440947 9780395440940
OCLC Number: 26591214
Notes: "A Peter Davison book."
Description: xvi, 476 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Young Thinkers --
I. Colgate, 1926-1930 --
II. Young Adam Powell, 1930-1945 --
Interlude: Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. --
The Succession --
III. The Rise of a Phoenix, 1945-1952 --
IV. Shifting Ground, 1953-1957 --
V. The Glory, 1957-1963 --
VI. And the Power, 1964-1966 --
VII. The Fall, 1967-1968 --
VIII. Redemption by the Constitution, 1969-1972.
Responsibility: Wil Haygood.

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"Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was one of the most brilliant, charismatic, and controversial politicians of this century - and one of the most productive legislators in American history. This vivid and penetrating biography by Wil Haygood, whom Ward Just has praised as "perhaps America's best young reporter," evokes the physical, political, and racial reality of both Powell's life and the civil rights struggle of the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET. "The grandson of a slave, Powell utilized his father's pulpit in Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church to raise up the poor and disadvantaged during the Great Depression. After marrying a showgirl, starting his own newspaper, and successfully running for city council, he was elected as the first black congressman from Harlem, a seat he held without serious opposition for thirty-odd years. He took his second wife, the jazz pianist Hazel Scott, with him to Washington, where he was a tireless crusader for racial equality, a thorn in the side of his timid colleagues, and an embarrassment to four presidents on the issue of fair employment. Though Powell jumped the Democratic fence in 1956 because of Adlai Stevenson's racial indecisiveness and appointed himself unofficial ambassador to the Bandung conference, he finally assumed real power under Lyndon Johnson. As the chairman of the Education and Labor Committee of the House, the black representative helped the white president push through that mass of laws which Johnson called the War on Poverty."--BOOK JACKET. "At the same time, Powell's influence was being eroded by his flamboyant private life and by his reckless disregard for congressional proprieties. His pleasurable rambles around the world, compounded by headline-making lawsuits, cost him his seat in Congress. Though his faithful Harlemites reelected him, he was not reseated until the Supreme Court backed him, in Earl Warren's last decision. Stripped of seniority, Powell toured the country to advocate black power and lolled on his yacht in the Bahamas until he was finally defeated in the 1970 primary election."--BOOK JACKET. "This energetic narrative paints Powell as a hero to his people and a standard-bearer for social equality. While others may have done more to change our attitudes toward race, Powell did more than any other black leader to change the way we live. Having succored hundreds of thousands, he died in utter loneliness in 1972."--BOOK JACKET.

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