Shirley Chisholm's Presidential Campaign Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of Shirley Chisholm's campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972.
# 146109 | 1,222 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper discusses how Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to seek a presidential nomination for the Democratic Party, instigated a grass roots campaign that was built on popular support rather than the common "special interest" endorsements and funding. The paper provides tables that show how Chisholm reflected the variation in demographic representation in the Democratic Party that was a result of broader societal changes. The paper then discusses, however, how her bid for the Democratic nomination was unsuccessful, but it marked an important shift in politics and culture in the US. The paper contends that Chisholm was clearly a pioneer who should be respected by purveyors of change as well as the general population.

From the Paper:

"Clearly it is odd that one of the most foundational black female leaders of the 20th century has almost no notoriety. Shirley Chisholm born to poor immigrant parents in New York City in 1924, chose to develop a calling for politics during the height of the civil rights movement, and just following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. she was elected to the House of Representatives. Her election marked the first election of a black women to the House and after a significant term in the House she sought the Democratic nomination for president to run against Richard Nixon in 1972. In so doing she became the first black woman to seek such a nomination for the Democratic Party. ("Obituary: Shirley Chisholm" 13)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Chisholm, Shirley Anita St. Hill." The Columbia Encyclopedia. 6th ed. 2007.
  • "Shirley Chisholm for President 1972 Campaign Brochure"<>.
  • Magarian, Gregory P. "Regulating Political Parties under a "Public Rights" First Amendment." William and Mary Law Review 44.5 (2003): 1939.
  • Miller, Arthur H. & Miller, Warren E. "Issues, Candidates and Partisan Divisions in the 1972 American Presidential Election" British Journal of Political Science, 5. 4 Oct., 1975: 393-434.
  • "Obituary: Shirley Chisholm." Daily Post (Liverpool, England) 5 Jan. 2005: 13.

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