Following Sterling Stuckey's 1988 introduction and Lloyd L. Brown's 1971 preface, both providing invaluable commentary, Robeson begins with his recollection of a Princeton boyhood. The roots of his world-view that would ultimately be his undoing were set down there. "Throughout his youth, Robeson's father [a pastor in the A.M.E. Zion Church] insisted on 'personal integrity,' which included the idea of 'maximum human fulfillment.'" Indeed, to list Robeson's achievements while attending university is to be in awe of a fabulously endowed man, bent on living out his father's edicts, and achieving his magnificent potential.
As his fascination with the Soviet Union grew, he began to attract the notice of McCarthy's watchdogs. He had begun to draw parallels between the Soviet social "experiment," which brought a whole underclass into the 20th century, and the emerging nations of Africa. In the early '40s, he reached the height of his performing career ("Robeson's Othello was more authentic than that of any other actor of his time"), but soon thereafter, he would set aside his brilliant career and commit fiercely to the struggle for black liberation. In 1949, it would all come crashing down, and for a decade, an ugly, active campaign against Robeson reigned, stemming not from the growing radicalization of his beliefs, but from the turning tide of cold war politics. W.E.B. DuBois, also a victim of the Communist witch-hunts noted, "He is without doubt today, as a person, the best known American on earth, to the largest number of human beings. His voice is known in Europe, Asia and Africa, in the West Indies and South America and in the islands of the seas. Children on the streets of Peking and Moscow, Calcutta and Jakarta greet him and send him their love. Only in his native land is he without honor and rights."
Lloyd L. Brown helped Robeson write Here I Stand, and he crafted the tone, which is at once accessible and impassioned, originally aimed at the black religious community. Highly idealistic, passionately exhorting, deeply committed to the "common people," this Paul Robeson gem remains a vital challenge to the racism that still dogs American society. -- Hollis Giammatteo
Here I Stand is Paul Robeson’s remarkable autobiographical account. Robeson’s candid account of his early years is a must read for students and anyone interested in learning about... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elton Weaver
Toby Peters doesn't belong in New York, but what the heck. The books in this series were dashed off by an erudite man with a good heart.Published 6 months ago by Rod H.
I personally did not care for the book, It wasn't what I expected, have read better bios.I wouldn't recommend it.Published 7 months ago by Beverly A. Woolley
Robeson was by no means a perfect man; his blind spots at times for the oppression of dissidents and minorities in Soviet Russia under Stalin stands out to me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christopher Cesar Garay
This is a great read for all ages, It provides the reader with a more understanding of what Mr. Robeson was subjected to, throughout his life. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark
smart writing and a great sense of humor makes Einstien real. great reading and look into 40's LA. couldn't put it downPublished 21 months ago by Michael Anthony Halton
PERFECT..GREAT QUALITY,,,,,,THANKS FOR A VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE...IF U HAVE ANY MORE BOOKS LIKE THESE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME WHAT U HAVEPublished 21 months ago by Brian
Paul Robeson is one of the most amazing singers, in so many genres. And not only in singing, but his Othello must be listened to -- a sonorous delivery. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer