This biography of Barbara Jordan, who served in Congress during the 1970s, was listed as one of the Top Ten Best Political Books of the Year (1999) on C-Span. A skilled orator, Congresswoman Jordan delivered the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic convention.
The first African American to serve in the Texas Senate since Reconstruction, Barbara Jordan was also the first black woman elected to Congress from the South, and the first to deliver the keynote address at a national party convention. Her powerful oratory stirred a nation; her ideals of ethical leadership inspired millions. Yet Jordan herself remained a mystery, a woman so private that even her close friends did not know the name of the illness that debilitated her for two decades until it struck her down at the age of fifty-nine.