Fire on the Prairie

Fire on the Prairie

Harold Washington, Chicago Politics, and the Roots of the Obama Presidency

Paperback - 2013
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Harold Washington's historic and improbable victory over the vaunted Chicago political machine shook up American politics. The election of the enigmatic yet engaging Washington led to his serving five tumultuous years as the city's first black mayor. He fashioned an uneasy but potent multiracial coalition that today still stands as a model for political change.

In this revised edition of Fire on the Prairie, acclaimed reporter Gary Rivlin chronicles Washington's legacy--a tale rich in character and intrigue. He reveals the cronyism of Daley's government and Washington's rivalry with Jesse Jackson. Rivlin also shows how Washington's success inspired a young community organizer named Barack Obama to turn to the electoral arena as a vehicle for change. While the story of a single city, , this political biography is anything but parochial.

Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press, c2013.
Edition: Rev. ed.
ISBN: 9781439904930
1439904936
9781439904923
1439904928
9781439904916
143990491X
Characteristics: xxix, 274 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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