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Barbara Jordan : American Hero

Barbara Jordan : American Hero - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0553380668

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ISBN13: 978-0553380668
ISBN10: 0553380664
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Bantam Books, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No

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Barbara Jordan : American Hero - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0553380668

Mary Beth Rogers

ISBN13: 978-0553380668
ISBN10: 0553380664
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Bantam Books, Inc.

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Barbara Jordan was the first African American to serve in the Texas Senate since Reconstruction, the first black woman elected to Congress from the South, and the first to deliver the keynote address at a national party convention. Yet Jordan herself remained a mystery, a woman so private that even her close friends did not know the name of the illness that debilitated her for two decades until it struck her down at the age of fifty-nine.

In Barbara Jordan, Mary Beth Rogers deftly explores the forces that shaped the moral character and quiet dignity of this extraordinary woman. She reveals the seeds of Jordan's trademark stoicism while recapturing the essence of a black woman entering politics just as the civil rights movement exploded across the nation. Celebrating Jordan's elegance, passion, and patriotism, this illuminating portrayal gives new depth to our understanding of one of the most influential women of our time-a woman whose powerful convictions and flair for oratorical drama changed the political landscape of America's twentieth century.

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Rogers, Mary Beth : KLRU-TV, Austin

Mary Beth Rogers was previously the chief-of-staff for Texas Governor Ann Richards and a professor of American Politics at the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs, where Barbara Jordan taught ethics. Mary Beth is now the CEO of KLRU-TV, the public television station in Austin.

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