Paul Robeson: A Watched Man.pdf
JORDAN GOODMAN previously taught at the University of Manchester and is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London. He is the author The Rattlesnake: A Voyage of Discovery to the Coral Sea and The Devil and Mr Casement. He lives in London.
Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African American singer was the voice of the people, both on stage and as a political activist who refused to be silenced as he fought for the rights of the oppressed. His message of peace, equality and justice was understood as much on the streets of Manchester, Moscow, Johannesburg and Bombay as it was in Harlem and Washington, DC. Jordan Goodman tells the story of Robeson during the tumultuous Cold War when the United States government became so worried by his impact abroad that it tried to silence him. Drawing on extensive new archival material from Robeson's FBI, State Department, MI5 and KGB files, he shows the major international scope of this effort. Through this story of Robeson's refusal to be defeated, Goodman excavates a rivetting radical history of the postwar era.