The Political Life of Bella Abzug, 1920-1976

The Political Life of Bella Abzug, 1920-1976 : Political Passions, Women's Rights, and Congressional Battles

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The Political Life of Bella Abzug, 1920-1976, explores the political life of one of the most compelling figures in American politics of the 70s. Passionate and intelligent, Abzug was one of the most potent forces for political change in the country. Both loved and loathed for her forceful personality, she gained her greatest fame in the battle for women's rights. Her career hit its peak when the world of American politics was changing and Levy aptly places Abzug in the thick of historical events and cultural shifts that changed the landscape of politics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 157.48 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 589.67g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739181645
  • 9780739181645

Table of contents

Introduction. Chapter 1. Live and Let Live Chapter 2. World War II, Law School, and Marriage Chapter 3. Working People Chapter 4. An Explosion in My Mind Chapter 5. Back Downtown Chapter 6. She Always Did Her Homework Chapter 7. Go ____ Yourself Chapter 8. These Motherf_____s Chapter 9. Her Eyes Were Murderous Chapter 10. Priscilla Ryan Chapter 11. From Nixon to Ford Chapter 12. The Last Word Chapter 13. A Staggering Work Load: Caring for the District and the Nation Chapter 14. Safe Seat to No Seat Bibliography.
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Review quote

Well researched and carefully written, Levy's The Political Life of Bella Abzug is a perfect text for students in history, political science, women's studies, gender studies, and American studies. Graduate students will find rich sources to mine and ideas to confirm and challenge. Finally, the lively readability of Levy's text makes it a book that general readers will enjoy, particularly in the current contentious political climate that is sometimes mistaken as uniquely combative and obstructionist. Politicians in the 1970s and 1980s also played hardball, and as Levy's work confirms, Abzug played that way too. Journal of American History Alan Levy artfully creates a vivid portrait of Bella Abzug from her birth in the Bronx in 1920 (one month prior to the ratification the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote) to political defeat in 1976, with more to come in a much anticipated sequel. As an advocate for the poor, oppressed minorities, women, blacks, Hispanics, and gays, she had no peer. A page turner, this book reads like a psychological novel that explains the rise and fall of a brilliant if flawed woman. -- Joseph Dorinson, Long Island University, Brooklyn
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About Alan H. Levy

Alan H. Levy is professor of American history at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where he has taught modern American history for 30 years.
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