Fire on the Prairie
Harold Washington, Chicago Politics, and the Roots of the Obama PresidencyPaperback - 2013
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.
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This November marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Harold Washington, Chicago's first African American mayor. Mayor Washington attended a ribbon cutting in the Kenwood Oakland neighborhood the morning of November 25, 1987, and returned to City Hall where he suffered a fatal heart attack. Chicagoans from every walk of life mourned this charismatic leader, but his legacy lives on. The Ch… (more)