Books: Shirley in Wonderland

UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED by Shirley Chisholm. 177 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $4.95.

Just two years ago, a virtually unknown 43-year-old ex-nursery-school teacher from Brooklyn became the first black woman in U.S. history to be elected to Congress. Her triumph should have been no surprise, as this short, plainly written autobiography and political manual makes clear, for Shirley Chisholm had long operated as a combined gadfly and worker in the ruthless hives of New York ward politics. Slated for easy re-election this month, the tiny, ramrod-straight Congresswoman promises to become increasingly visible as a forthright...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!