Lot 74 of 395:
Shirley Chisholm, 1st Black Congresswoman, signed book and photo  

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Unbought and Unbossed - signed book, plus signed photograph of the first Black Congresswoman and first Black woman presidential candidate

Chisholm, Shirley


Houghton Mifflin



(8vo), cloth, dust jacket. First Edition.

Inscribed on half-title, “To Bert Podell. Look only to God and conscience for approval! Compliments of Congresswoman Chisholm”; with Signed Photograph of Chisholm, seated at a meeting, probably a congressional hearing. undated (ca. 1970) 7 x 9 inches, Inscribed “Always Aim High! Shirley Chisholm”. The first African-American woman elected to the US Congress, serving from 1969 to 1983, Chisholm was also the first Black woman to seek the presidential nomination of a major party, receiving over 150 votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. The inscription in her autobiography to fellow Democrat Podell, Jewish Congressman from Brooklyn, seems strangely chilly because Chisholm rarely used her title when autographing a book. But two years later, in the midst of the Watergate scandal, when Podell was put on trial for taking a bribe from a Florida airline, Shirley Chisholm was one of the “character witnesses” who testified on his behalf – before he pled guilty to a lesser charge, was sentenced to six months in prison, disbarred, and lost his bid for re-election.

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Dust jacket price-clipped, chip at spine head, tear at spine heel, repaired on verso with tape; fine volume in very good jacket. Photograph fine.

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