The first-ever graphic biography of Paul Robeson
This graphic biography of Paul Robeson charts his career as a singer, actor, scholar, athlete, and activist who achieved global fame. Through films, concerts, and recordings, he became a potent symbol representing the promise of a multicultural, multiracial American democracy; despite his stardom, he was denied access to many audiences.


“Paul Robeson was an artistic genius, moral titan, and courageous freedom fighter whom we must never forget!”

—Dr. Cornel West, Harvard University

Ballad of an American
A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson
Art and text by Sharon Rudahl
Edited by Paul Buhle and Lawrence Ware

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View our electronic sampler (in PDF format).


Excerpted on LitHub

Other Resources

Listen to Paul Robeson in Performance:

Old Man River

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Watch the full length film of Song of Freedom