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Andrew Buni
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3858)

Paul Robeson in England, 1925-1939

To study the development of Robeson (one of America's leading and controversial figures during World War II) during his extended stay in England (1925-1939). The majesty of his career was matched by the intense hostility shown by American society toward what appeared to the nation as pro-communist views. During his exile Robeson rose to great popularity in England and on the continent as a singer, actor, film star and public spokesman for the oppressed. In addition to his professional experience, he became involved in the trade union movement, the Unity Theatre, the India League, the aid of loyalists in Spain, the subsequent formation of an African Congress, and the experiment in Communist Russia. Long-term project to be a full length biography of Robeson and his times.

Project fields:
European History; U.S. History

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1975 – 9/30/1975