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Paul Robeson : no one can silence me

Call Number

  • 921 R653D TEEN (CEN)

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Publication Information

New York : The New Press, 2021.

Physical Description

xxii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


Grades 10-12 The New Press.


"Paul Robeson was destined for greatness. The son of an ex-slave who upon his college graduation ranked first in his class, Robeson was proclaimed the future "leader of the colored race in America." Although a graduate of Columbia Law School, he abandoned his law career (and the racism he encountered there) and began a hugely successful career as an internationally celebrated actor and singer. The predictions seemed to have been correct--Paul Robeson's triumphs on the stage earned him esteem among white and Black Americans across the country, although his daring and principled activism eventually made him an outcast from the entertainment industry, and his radical views made many consider him a public enemy." --

"The life and legacy of vocal artist and civil rights icon Paul Robeson-one of the most important public figures in the twentieth century-adapted for young adults by the acclaimed Robeson biographer"--


"Adapted for young adults"--Title page.

"The life of the legendary artist and activist" -- book jacket.

Original adult edition published: Paul Robeson / by Martin Bauml Duberman. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Reprinted in 1996. -- Information from Amazon and OCLC searches.


  • Introduction: Performance and protest
  • A boy's balancing act
  • New roles in private and public life
  • A career takes flight
  • Drama on and off the stage
  • Discovering Africa
  • Nazis, Communists-- and Hollywood
  • The world goes to war
  • Hero-- and traitor?
  • At the peak of fame
  • "The struggle" hits home
  • The fight for the right to travel
  • Breakdown and revival
  • Broken health
  • Falling silent at last.

Added Authors

Jason Reynolds

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