Unbought And Unbossed Unbought and Unbossed is Shirley Chisholm s account of her remarkable rise from young girl in Brooklyn to America s first African American Congresswoman She shares how she took on an entrenched system

  • Title: Unbought And Unbossed
  • Author: Shirley Chisholm
  • ISBN: 9780395109328
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Unbought and Unbossed is Shirley Chisholm s account of her remarkable rise from young girl in Brooklyn to America s first African American Congresswoman She shares how she took on an entrenched system, gave a public voice to millions, and sets the stage for her trailblazing bid to be the first woman and first African American President of the United States By daring to bUnbought and Unbossed is Shirley Chisholm s account of her remarkable rise from young girl in Brooklyn to America s first African American Congresswoman She shares how she took on an entrenched system, gave a public voice to millions, and sets the stage for her trailblazing bid to be the first woman and first African American President of the United States By daring to be herself, Shirley Chisholm shows us how she forever changed the status quo This expanded edition, edited by Scott Simpson, digs deeper with analysis by experts like Donna Brazile and Shola Lynch exploring Shirley Chisholm s impact on today and tomorrows world.

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    1. A well-crafted memoir about a stellar and abstemious political figure who actually gasp wanted to do her job, i.e.- uncompromisingly serve her constituents to the best of her ability without resorting to the dirty, ineffectual, time-wasting tactics of her counterparts. Not only was this an autobiography, it was a critical exposé of the sociopolitical problems that she encountered. “Unbought and Unbossed” didn't limit itself to only issues surrounding a “Black female" in a profession domin [...]

    2. "One bill that I introduced should become law in every state, but unfortunately it did not succeed even in New York. It would have made it mandatory for policemen to successfully complete courses in civil rights, civil liberties, minority problems, and race relations before they are appointed to a police department." Shirley Chisholm, 1970.

    3. When I talk to people about Shirley Chisholm I am surprised how many people do not remember her. She was a trailblazer in the truest sense of the word. She radiated qualities of tenacity, passion, and confidence.

    4. "I do not want anyone to conclude that I have given up hope for our representative democracy; I have not, or I would not be where I am. It is because I value the idea so much that I am often keenly disappointed byt the reality." --pg.64"I told them that no one has a right to call himself a leader unless he dares to lead. That means standing up to be counted on the side of his people, even at the risk of his political security."--pg.127"My role, I think, is more that of a catalyst. By verbalizing [...]

    5. Everyone should read this book. Especially if you're as pissed off as I am about the way things have gone. The current state of things in this country are a mess and Ms. Chisholm saw it all from a distance. I think there's still hope. But educating ourselves it the first step forward.

    6. Though the term has been carelessly tossed around over the past couple years, Shirley Chisholm embodied the definition of "political outsider". A regular, Black woman schoolteacher from Brooklyn, Chisholm knew that her very presence ran counter to the political agendas within both New York & national politics, but she gathered the guts to take them to task anyways. Chisholm understood how to run a real grassroots political campaign, standing firm in her decision to be a voice for the most di [...]

    7. Compelling read. So much of what she expresses in this book, written over four decades ago, is still pertinent. However, there are some passages that clearly define her as a prophet. I think she would be extremely proud of how far we've come but as she says in her closing paragraph,"There must be a new coalition of all Americans - black, white, red, yellow, and brown, rich and poor - who are no longer willing to allow their rights as human beings to be infringed upon by anyone else, for any reas [...]

    8. Shirley Chisholm is the truest and bravest icon to me. She is such a beacon of hope and light for women. I couldn't uphold this person higher, if I tried. What a powerful read. #Respect

    9. She hated being remembered as a 'first', but she was. The first black, female congressman. Her memoir is over 40 years old, but it is still so very relevant today. Substitute newer politicians names, and this could have been written in 2016. A must read.

    10. If you are looking for the story of the struggle of women in politics, look no further. Shirley Chisholm lived intersectionality decades before it was a thing.

    11. I'm old enough to remember Shirley Chisholm, so of course she's a hero of mine. If you don't remember her or she isn't yet your hero, please just read this book and she will be. She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress, and she ran for president in 1972.This short book was written in 1970, but she could have written it yesterday, I'm afraid. In terms of political deal-making, poverty, racism, and sexism, things have either worsened or changed very little since then. What a br [...]

    12. I had forgotten that I had read this, but I have and I adore Shirley Chisholm.This is the woman who said: "Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth."Her autobiography, written in 1970 when she was a fairly new Representative, begins:"I was the first American citizen to be elected to Congress in spite of the double drawbacks of being female and having skin darkened by melanin. When you put it that way, it sounds like a foolish reason for fame. In a just and free society it would be [...]

    13. Shirley Chisholm in 1970 is the president that America needs in 2020. Her personal story is inspirational, but I most enjoyed her analyses of political power and how it operates, and how it can corrupt or constrain men (mostly men) with less backbone. Reading an individual passage, you might think it had been written last week — which could be a testament to Chisholm as ahead of her time, or an indictment of our failure to adequately address key issues (education, equality, policing) in the sp [...]

    14. "We should be concerned with finding and running every qualified candidate we can from every office that is open, from county commissioner to U.S. senator and for President and Vice President."I can't believe it took me this long to find this book. Written by Shirley Chisholm, America's first African-American Congresswoman, this book catalogs her experiences as a black woman making her way into congress.Full of anecdotes that truly capture their time Congresswoman Chisholm talks openly about the [...]

    15. I WISH I COULD GIVE THIS BOOK 10 stars! The more I learn about #ShirleyChisholm, the first Black woman in Congress and the first Black woman to run as a major party candidate for president of the United States of America, the more I am in awe of her – absolute, profound awe. I’m finally getting around to reading her autobiography, “Unbought and Unbossed” and I’m falling in love with her all over again. In chapter 11: Facing the Abortion Question, she addresses this hot-button issue hea [...]

    16. Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm is an autobiography about Chisholm’s personal and political lives. The text first discusses the events of Chisholm’s childhood and her family. Next, Chisholm’s work in democratic political clubs and her time as a member of the New York State Assembly. Finally, the rest of the text talks about Chisholm’s time in the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 12th congressional district and her thoughts on certain political topics and how she [...]

    17. Fascinating autobiographical account of a US black congresswoman in the 1960s. Shirley Chisholm seems to have been an impressive person who saw herself as one among many needed to make a difference to women, non-white Americans, and anyone not seen as "establishment". Throughout the book she talks about her role, not to be a hero but to be one of the steps that people she represented needed to move forward as a whole, so that the next person after her can build on her success, and the person aft [...]

    18. Unbought and Unbossed is a straightforward read. So much so that the chapters focusing on Chisholm's tenure in the New York Assembly and Congress read like an introductory political science textbook. In many ways the autobiography is unremarkable. Chisholm represents herself, like politicians before and after her, as committed to her constituents, above special interest, and a lone rational voice in a capital overflowing with corruption. Yet still it is impossible to deny her remarkable journey. [...]

    19. This book taught me to revel in my maverick nature and watch the fruits develop therein. This book is edifying and encouraging!

    20. Recommended from a bell hooks talk I listened to- she mentioned this book as an autonomous work by an influential African-American woman, telling her own, self-driven story. I'm not from New York, and am too young to have known Chisholm as an active political player, but I appreciate the frankness of her story and the detail in her campaigns and rise through the political ranks in her home state. Her language is old-fashioned to read today, for better and worse. It does make me pine for (and ack [...]

    21. "My significance, I want to believe, is not that I am the first black woman elected to US Congress, but that I won public office without selling out to anyone. When I wrote my campaign slogan 'Unbossed and Unbought' it was an expression of what I believe I was and what I want to be - what I want all candidates for public office to be. We need men and women who have far greater abilities and far broader appeal than I will ever have, but who have my kind of independence - who will declare that the [...]

    22. Incredible book directly written and told from the incredible woman herself. Shirley Chisholm is truly one of the greatest humans to have ever lived. Her slogan for her campaign is my mantra. This woman was truly unbought and unbossed. She did politics the way she wanted. She didn't care if the other folks were mad at her and were uncomfortable by the way she did things. She wasn't going to give someone a vote if they didn't deserve it. She cared about people from different races and backgrounds [...]

    23. I have never heard of Shirley Chisholm before; She was never mentioned in any of my classes. I was turned onto this book by a friend and throughly enjoyed it. It's an honest and down to earth approach to politics of the 50's-70's, which not surprisingly faces many of the same issues we are currently experiencing in 2016. Shirley is an incredibly inspiring figure and this book shares her views on American government, racism, poverty, education and women's rights. A definite must read by the first [...]

    24. It was alarming how closely the concerns Chisholm outlined in this book from the 1970s overlaps the headlines today. Chisholm discusses racism, the disrespectful treatment of women in American culture, the tendency of law makers to choose party over country, and the need for the Democratic party to turn over the leadership reins to a new generation of candidates. It seems we have not come very far since she served in DC.

    25. Should be read by all involved in politics, because I believe there is something here, to be learned. Mrs.Chisholm really was one, who was in the race for all the right reasons, and was not willing to be sold out, nor did she sell out to stage her own agenda. She also did not at anytime allow the machine to dictate how and when she spoke or what she spoke about. This book is over 40 years old, but definitely relevant to today's political climate. Fantastic read!!!

    26. A must-read book about politics from an uncommon, unlikely politician. Chisholm's observations on the issues of her day are still relevant as our country still confronts war, racism, socioeconomic inequality, and sexism.I can only wonder how her brand of "mavericky-ness" would go over in this day and age of 24-hour news cycles, social media, thinkpieces, and hyperanalysis of political figures.

    27. Shirley Chisholm has been one of my heroes since I did a report on her for Black History Month in third grade (complete with an oil pastel portrait of her). After reading this book she has grown as a hero.

    28. While a bit political, I found it to be interesting. There also parts of this autobiography that are still issues today. What a sad joke America. Why are women still silently suffering in this country?? Thanks Mrs. Shirley for your open and honest words!

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