In the Flicker of an Eyelid

Author: Jacques Stéphen Alexis,Carrol F. Coates,Edwidge Danticat

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813921396

Category: Fiction

Page: 277

View: 9437

In his third novel, Jacques Stephen Alexis brings his characteristically vivid scenes, political consciousness, and powerful characters to the dramatic age-old question of whether a prostitute can leave "the life" to find her own identity and true love. La Niña Estrellita is pursuing her trade against the colorful backdrop of Holy Week 1948 in Port-au-Prince. Amid the rowdy street festivals and pious celebrations of the liturgical season, she notices a fellow Cuban exile, El Caucho, ship mechanic and union organizer, hanging around the Sensation Bar, and she begins to explore her attraction to him. In the Flicker of an Eyelid, first published in French as L'espace d'un cillement in 1959, appears here in English for the first time in a graceful, expert translation by the veteran critic Carrol F. Coates and the award-winning Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat. Alexis offers a highly sympathetic look into the daily lives and tribulations of the Haitian people through the eyes of La Niña and the humane, searching worker El Caucho. The racism of the U.S. military, the selfish and profit-oriented machinations of Haitian politicians, the oppression of workers by the Cuban dictator Batista, the exploitation of women, and the particularly noteworthy links between Haiti and Cuba all form the figurative backdrop for a novel driven by unforgettable characters.

A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Author: Cornelius L. Bynum

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252035755

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 244

View: 3727

Although somewhat overshadowed by giants such as W.E.B. Dubois and Martin Luther King, A. Philip Randolph is one of the most important figures in the Black struggle for civil and human rights during the 20th century. In this excellent book, Bynum (history, Purdue U.) looks at Randolph's role in the trade union and Civil Rights movements, showing how his work in organizing for and leading the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters--the country's first all-Black union--laid crucial groundwork for the victories of social justice movements later in the century. The author argues that Randolph's advocacy of direct mass action, nonviolent civil disobedience, and coalitions between Black and white workers helped shape the "toolkit" used so effectively by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. As much an intellectual history as it is a biography, Bynum's book is an important addition to the scholarship on a critical figure in Black American history. Annotation ♭2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


How to Do Things with Texts, Second Edition

Author: Joseph Harris

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 1607326876

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 170

View: 9046

“Like all writers, intellectuals need to say something new and say it well. But for intellectuals, unlike many other writers, what we have to say is bound up with the books we are reading . . . and the ideas of the people we are talking with.” What are the moves that an academic writer makes? How does writing as an intellectual change the way we work from sources? In Rewriting, Joseph Harris draws the college writing student away from static ideas of thesis, support, and structure, and toward a more mature and dynamic understanding. Harris wants college writers to think of intellectual writing as an adaptive and social activity, and he offers them a clear set of strategies—a set of moves—for participating in it. The second edition introduces remixing as an additional signature move and is updated with new attention to digital writing, which both extends and rethinks the ideas of earlier chapters.

The Highest Glass Ceiling

Women's Quest for the American Presidency

Author: Ellen Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674496078

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

View: 2127

Best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the Presidency. The arduous, dramatic quests of Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972) illuminate today’s political landscape, shedding light on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for the Oval Office.

Shirley Chisholm

Catalyst for Change

Author: Barbara Winslow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 042997275X

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 6879

A staunch proponent of breaking down racial and gender barriers, Shirley Chisholm had the esteemed privilege of being a pioneer in many aspects of her life. She was the first African American woman from Brooklyn elected to the New York State legislature and the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968. She also made a run for the Democratic Party nomination for president in 1972. Focusing on Chisholm's lifelong advocacy for fair treatment, access to education, and equal pay for all American minority groups, this book explores the life of a remarkable woman in the context of twentieth-century urban America and the tremendous social upheaval that occurred after World War II. About the Lives of American Women series: Selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a woman's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a good read," featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Fighting Shirley Chisholm

Author: James Haskins

Publisher: Dial


Category: African American legislators

Page: 211

View: 1050

A biography of the first black congresswoman and the first black woman to run for the presidential nomination.

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

From the Projects to Prep School

Author: Charlise Lyles

Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers

ISBN: 159851041X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

View: 9212

Describes the author's childhood education in the Cleveland projects in the 1960s and 1970s, where she learned to appreciate literature at a young age despite growing up amid race riots and murder.

The Home Maker

Author: Dorothy Canfield,Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781494082666


Page: 318

View: 1345

This is a new release of the original 1924 edition.

Lost in the USA

American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March

Author: Deborah Gray White

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252099400

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 9919

Remembered as an era of peace and prosperity, turn-of-the-millennium America was also a time of mass protest. But the political demands of the marchers seemed secondary to an urgent desire for renewal and restoration felt by people from all walks of life. Drawing on thousands of personal testimonies, Deborah Gray White explores how Americans sought better ways of living in, and dealing with, a rapidly changing world. From the Million Man, Million Woman, and Million Mom Marches to the Promise Keepers and LGBT protests, White reveals a people lost in their own country. Mass gatherings offered a chance to bond with like-minded others against a relentless tide of loneliness and isolation. By participating, individuals opened a door to self-discovery that energized their quests for order, autonomy, personal meaning, and fellowship in a society that seemed hostile to such deeper human needs. Moving forward in time, White also shows what marchers found out about themselves and those gathered around them. The result is an eye-opening reconsideration of a defining time in contemporary America.

Color Me Flo

Author: Flo Kennedy

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781501175541

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 5537


Collected Early Poems: 1950-1970

Author: Adrienne Rich

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393348059

Category: Poetry

Page: 464

View: 514

More than 200 poems collected from Adrienne Rich's first six books, plus a dozen others of those decades. From their first publication, when Rich was twenty-one, in the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series, the successive volumes of her poetry have both charted the growth of her own mind and vision and mirrored our tempestuous, unsettled age. Her unmistakable voice, speaking even from the earliest poems with rare assurance and precision, wrestles with urgent questions while never failing to explore new poetic territory. In Collected Early Poems, readers will once again bear witness to Rich's triumphant assertion of the centrality of poetry in our intertwined personal and political lives.

Who Is the Great Shirley Chisholm

First African American Women to Be Elected to Congress and to Run for President

Author: America Selby

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539823681


Page: 28

View: 5846

A MUST READ FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN! This dynamic story details the life and times of an amazing woman. In order to fully understand her life, it is important to see three things. The first was that she was too bright for her time. The second was that she was too revolutionary for her time. The third and final was that she was too vocal for her time. But amongst the sorrows of the Great Depression, she chose to stand up and make a statement for her rights. Against all odds she stood up on her own two feet and proclaimed that her input was valid. She is a light in a dark world. This is the story of Shirley Chisholm. Throughout her life she faces the evils of her time; racism, gender discrimination, and general unrest. Even with these momentous forces blocking her way, Shirley Chisholm refused to give up. She strove to achieve things that no one had ever done before. With this outlook on life Shirley Chisholm went on to become the first African-American Congresswoman in the year 1968. Not stopping there, Shirley Chisholm strove to become the first African-American major political party member to run for presidential election. Her origins as a young girl in Brooklyn gave her a determination to be the best at what she did. With her birth in one of the poorest regions in New York at the time and her upbringing amongst the British students in Barbados, she would rise quickly amidst the young, determined, and brilliant. In this way, Shirley Chisholm continues to be an amazing role model. By never giving up she fought the darkest battles of her time. The powers of the world around her could not stand in the way of her unceasing determination. The world needs more women like Shirley Chisholm. This story will lead you through her life and hopefully will inspire you to follow in her footsteps. If she was to walk up to you on the street tomorrow, would you be ready to take your fate in your own hands? Find your dreams, girls. And never, ever, let anything stand in the way of attaining them. Become women like Shirley Chisholm, and the many who stand, rarely mentioned, in the proud ranks of our history. Shirley Chisholm refused to back down, even when opposition from her own race arose at the declaration of her campaign. This must have been unbelievably hard for her to face, as she should not have had to face such a thing. Never give up, and never stop shining. For if you do, like Shirley Chisholm, you too can become a light in a dark world.

Barbara Jordan

American Hero

Author: Mary Beth Rogers

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553380664

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 414

View: 412

An intimate portrait of the first AfricanAmerican woman elected to the Texas Senate and the U.S. Congress details her rise from Houston's Fifth Ward to influential political leader, her decision to become a teacher, and her fierce determination, sincerity, bravery, decorum, and oratorical skills. Reprint.

A Journal for Christa

Christa McAuliffe, Teacher in Space

Author: Grace George Corrigan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803264113

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 215

View: 2923

The biography of Christa McAuliffe--the eldest child of a close Catholic Massachusetts family and a dedicated Girl Scout who came of age in the turbulent sixties and early seventies and became a schoolteacher and a mother. She was little known beyond her personal circle until selected by NASA to be the first civilian sent on a space mission as the "Teacher in Space."

Barbara Jordan

Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder

Author: Max Sherman

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292774923

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 9280

Revered by Americans across the political spectrum, Barbara Jordan was "the most outspoken moral voice of the American political system," in the words of former President Bill Clinton, who awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. Throughout her career as a Texas senator, U.S. congresswoman, and distinguished professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Barbara Jordan lived by a simple creed: "Ethical behavior means being honest, telling the truth, and doing what you said you were going to do." Her strong stand for ethics in government, civil liberties, and democratic values still provides a standard around which the nation can unite in the twenty-first century. This volume brings together several major political speeches that articulate Barbara Jordan's most deeply held values. They include: "Erosion of Civil Liberties," a commencement address delivered at Howard University on May 12, 1974, in which Jordan warned that "tyranny in America is possible" "The Constitutional Basis for Impeachment," Jordan's ringing defense of the U.S. Constitution before the House Judiciary Committee investigating the Watergate break-in Keynote addresses to the Democratic National Conventions of 1976 and 1992, in which Jordan set forth her vision of the Democratic Party as an advocate for the common good and a catalyst of change Testimony in the U.S. Congress on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and on immigration reform Meditations on faith and politics from two National Prayer Breakfasts Acceptance speech for the 1995 Sylvanus Thayer Award presented by the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy, in which Jordan challenged the military to uphold the values of "duty, honor, country" Accompanying the speeches, some of which readers can also watch on an enclosed DVD, are context-setting introductions by volume editor Max Sherman. The book concludes with the eloquent eulogy that Bill Moyers delivered at Barbara Jordan's memorial service in 1996, in which he summed up Jordan's remarkable life and career by saying, "Just when we despaired of finding a hero, she showed up, to give the sign of democracy.... This is no small thing. This, my friends, this is grace. And for it we are thankful."

The Power Playbook

Rules for Independence, Money and Success

Author: La La Anthony

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698185153

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 9940

The Power Playbook is the empowering guide to forging professional success, establishing financial independence, and finding balance for a truly satisfying life. The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Love Playbook, La La Anthony is again opening up her playbook to share her no-nonsense advice. La La is a self-made entrepreneur with a successful fashion line, a cosmetics company, a reality show, and a budding acting career to her credit. From humble beginnings, she created a career that she loves through sheer determination and hard work, and now she shares her hard-won wisdom on how her readers can do the same. With her unparalleled drive and enterprising attitude, La La knows what it takes to follow a dream, forge goals, and work relentlessly to achieve them. In The Power Playbook, she will share her tried-and-true advice for reaching new levels of success in whatever you set out to do. Big dreams require hard work, resilience, and an undying belief in yourself. Illustrated by personal stories of her own professional triumphs and challenges, La La reveals her secrets to finding success on your own terms. From the Hardcover edition.