Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson

October 31, 2020
Sing and Shout: The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson

This comprehensive biography, written by celebrated nonfictionauthor Susan Goldman Rubin, explores the tumultuous and passionatelife of activist, singer, and actor Paul Robeson.When faced with the decision to remain silent or be ostracized,Paul Robeson chose to sing, shout, and speak out. Sing and Shout:The Mighty Voice of Paul Robeson explores how Robeson's love ofAfrican American spirituals and deep empathy towards the sufferingof others drove his long, fervent mission as a civil rightsactivist and his career as an artist. Although he was also anactor, singing was Robeson's defining talent and where he couldbest express himself. After exploring socialism, Robeson wastargeted by the U.S. government for speaking out aboutdiscrimination against African Americans and for his politicalviews. He was labeled a communist during the height of the Cold Warand found himself stripped of his U.S. passport. But Robeson nevergave in and continued to perform and speak out. The book is basedon Rubin's extensive research, including fieldwork in Harlem, NY,in Princeton and Somerville, NJ, and at Rutgers University in NewBrunswick, NJ. Includes an author's note, resources, source notes,index, and a preface by author Harry Belafonte