Decades before Hillary Clinton there was Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, running an outsider’s campaign for the 1972 Democratic Presidential nomination. Two remarkable things happened next – armed with less than $300,000 in campaign funds, Congresswoman Chisholm finished a remarkable 4th in the final vote tally and secondly, she has been largely lost to history with a dearth of scholarship. Anastasia Curwood, Professor of History and Director of African American & Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky speaks with host Richard Levick of LEVICK to fill many of those unfortunate gaps, discussing her new book Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics. Her scholarship focuses on the interface between private life and historical context for black Americans in the twentieth century. She is also the author of Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages Between the Two World Wars.
Published November 2, 2022.