New York: Adam's Rise

If his fellow Congressmen were granted secret ballots, Harlem's handsome Adam Clayton Powell would doubtless be voted the most talkative, least effective member of the House of Representatives. Nor does his gaping absence record (he missed 51% of roll calls in 1960) make congressional hearts grow fonder. Negro Democrat Powell campaigned for Republican Dwight Eisenhower in" 1956, campaigned for Democrat Jack Kennedy in 1960. He is under indictment for filing a fraudulent income-tax return. But because his Harlem constituents, spellbound by years of racist oratory, have sent him to Congress for nine uninterrupted...

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