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Gr. 2-3. Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor, was a folk hero to those who loved him. This simple, adulatory biography introduces the late mayor and describes how he became interested in politics while working with his father, a Democratic ward worker, and later served both in the Illinois legislature and as a U.S. congressman before becoming mayor. Roberts is not always precise in her writing-she describes the Civilian Conservation Corps as being like the Peace Corps and mentions Washington's marriage without saying he was later divorced. She also ignores the role white liberals played in Washington's election and some less-exemplary moments in Washington's life, such as his problems with the IRS. While this is definitely flawed, little else is available on the man, and libraries looking for easy biographies on blacks in politics may want to purchase it. Black-and-white and sepia-tone photographs show the many sides of Washington. Time line appended. IC. 977.3 (B) Washington, Harold / Mayors / Afro-Americans-Biography [CIP] 88-7247


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Gr. 2-4. In one of the few books written about Harold Washington for young readers, the author gives us a look at the man who became Chicago's first black mayor.