Unbought and Unbossed - First Edition - Signed - Shirley Chisholm - Bauman Rare BooksPioneering African-American politician Shirley Chisholm began her professional career as a teacher. In , Chisolm became the first African-American to earn election to Congress, where she worked on the Education and Labor Committee and helped form the Black Caucus. In , she made history again by becoming the first black woman of a major party to run for a presidential nomination. After serving seven terms in the House, Chisholm retired from office to become a teacher and public speaker. Born Shirley St.
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A black woman's bespectacled face appeared in front of a podium. Her head was barely visible above the forest of microphones. I am not the candidate of the woman's movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that. Her posters and buttons left no doubt about who she was. One badge showed her face surrounded by the circle of an astrological Venus symbol. She didn't downplay her feminism—she flaunted it.
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As the first black woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm could have claimed headlines without ever saying a word. I believe the chief reason for this is that it is ruled by a small group of old men. She was accused of having committed political suicide when, upon receiving an assign ment to a committee she felt was irrelevant to her constituen cy, she demanded reassignment. Shirley Chisholm's book is not a literary masterpiece. In fact, sometimes it reads like a school primer; nevertheless it is important for its plain talk. Chisholm is known as a fiery speaker, and her portrait is usually recorded by photogra phers during her most formida ble looking moments. There are consequently those who, as a result of her public image, are apprehensive about getting close enough to find out what she has to say even if they have missed it.
Item : We're sorry, this item has been sold. Unbought and Unbossed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. First edition of Congresswoman Chisholm's first book, published only two years after she became the first black woman elected to the U. Congress, praised on publication as a "testament to her honesty and vigilance," a presentation copy inscribed on the half title by her, "To: B— P— Look only to God and conscience for approval!
Thank you! Congress, thus becoming ""the first person in years to be at once a congressman, a black, and a woman. Chisholm managed to work her way up from the card party committee in a boss-run Brooklyn Democratic clubhouse to the New York State Assembly, breaking all the rules of political expediency, speaking her mind when and where she pleased, yet somehow surviving in the system. When shortly after arriving in Washington she took the unprecedented step of challenging her assignment to the Agriculture Committee as totally irrelevant to her constituents, a ""sympathetic"" male colleague advised her that she had just committed political suicide. Chisholm reminisces about her childhood in Brooklyn with strict Barbadian parents, her career in early childhood education, and her ever-increasing involvement with efforts to advance blacks in Brooklyn politics. Her crisp comments on the ways and means of the U. Congress ""the senility system"" and her refusal to be ""educated"" to its unspoken rules are an inspiring example of righteous but not self-righteous criticism, and she also sounds off on the issues nearest and dearest to her heart: racism, poverty, the war, and Women's Liberation.