Ann Fears Crawford was an astute observer of Texas's political life, who would always remember the first time she saw Barbara Jordan. Her biography of Jordan starts with Jordan's childhood in the Fifth Ward in Houston. Jordan went to college and law school. For a time, she had her own law practice. She campaigned on behalf of LBJ in 1960. She lost her own races to the House of Representatives in 1962 and 1964, but was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1966. She became the first black Southern woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970. By 1973, she was confined to a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis. I remember her delivering the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. This book follows Jordan up through her retirement in 1979, her teaching career at the public affairs school at the University of Texas at Austin and ends with her death in 1996. Crawford never discusses Jordan's life as a lesbian.
This report prepared by Ann Gaines