472 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 22 halftones, 3 tables, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-7117-8
Published: January 2023
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Anastasia C. Curwood interweaves Chisholm's public image, political commitments, and private experiences to create a definitive account of a consequential life. In so doing, Curwood suggests new truths for understanding the social movements of Chisholm's time and the opportunities she forged for herself through multicultural, multigenerational, and cross-gender coalition building.
About the Author
Anastasia C. Curwood is associate professor of history and director of African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the Two World Wars.
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"A biography as formidable as the woman herself. Curwood opens up Shirley Chisholm's life and legacy for a new generation."—Katherine Mellen Charron, author of Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark
"Curwood's comprehensive political biography reveals Shirley Chisholm beyond her symbolism in Black feminist politics. This much-needed book is a major achievement."—Ula Y. Taylor, author of The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam
“Curwood beautifully captures Shirley Chisholm as the powerful force that inspires countless Black women in Congress—including me. The Black womanist power politics that Chisholm championed fueled Black and women’s movements for justice. This biography illustrates both how far we’ve come—and how far we have yet to go for true equality.”--Congresswoman Nikema Williams
"This brilliant, definitive biography of Shirley Chisholm establishes her as the quintessential architect of Black feminist politics in the twentieth century. Anastasia Curwood meticulously traces the origins and complexities of Chisholm’s political career, her pioneering involvement in the Black freedom struggle, and her essential role in the contemporary women’s movement. Chisholm emerges in Curwood’s extraordinary portrait as a model of radical, intersectional, antiracist feminist activism. Thanks to this book, Chisholm’s unparalleled legacy is now secure."—Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College