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  • Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • On Sale: January 4, 2000
  • Price: $21.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-553-38066-8 (0-553-38066-4)
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This seminal biography chronicles the life of the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate and the first black woman from the South in the United States Congress. One of the most influential women of the 20th century, Barbara Jordan held an unwavering faith in the American people and heralded patriotism, justice, and compassion. With exclusive cooperation from the Jordan estate, Mary Beth Rogers gives us an intimate look at the woman born in poverty in Houston's Fifth Ward who went on to become a savvy politician and dynamic leader.

"An engrossing biography of an extraordinary woman with oratorical skills that matched her determination to honor the Constitution as an instrument of equality under the law.... Captured in this praiseworthy portrait, a monumental woman whose ability to stiffen the moral spine would serve these times well."—Kirkus Reviews

"[A] thoughtful biography of a one-of-a-kind twentieth-century figure."—Booklist (American Library Association)

Introduction • Part I: 1. Color; 2. The Ancestors; 3. Community; 4. The Gift of Voice; 5. Transition; 6. The Joy of Politics; 7. The Right to Vote • Part II: 8. Pursuit of Power; 9. Friends in High Places; 10. Opportunity; 11. Running for Congress • Part III: 12. The U.S. Congress; 13. Watergate; 14. "One of Those Texas Tribal Things"; 15. The Voting Rights Act of 1975; 16. Democrats; 17. Decisions • Part IV: 18. Withdrawal and Renewal; 19. The Patriot; 20. A Final Assignment • Acknowledgments • Appendix • Notes • Bibliography • Index