Barbara Jordan

Jordan, Barbara Charline

Barbara Charline Jordan, 1936–96, African-American lawyer, public official, and educator, b. Houston. After graduating from Boston Univ. Law School (1959), she practiced law in Houston. In 1966 she became the first African American to be elected to the Texas senate, and six years later, the first to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the South since Reconstruction. As a Democratic member of Congress, she achieved national renown on the House Judiciary Committee when it investigated (1974) the Watergate affair. Her keynote address at the 1976 Democratic national convention further enhanced her stature, but she decided to retire from politics the following year. From 1979 until her death, she taught at the Univ. of Texas.

See biography by M. B. Rogers (1998).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder
Max Sherman.
University of Texas Press, 2007
Barbara Jordan
James Haskins.
Dial Press, 1977
American Orators of the Twentieth Century: Critical Studies and Sources
Bernard K. Duffy; Halford R. Ryan.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Barbara Jordan" begins on p. 233
American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825-1992
Gayle J. Hardy.
McFarland, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Barbara Jordan" begins on p. 210
Climbing the Hill: Gender Conflict in Congress
Karen Foerstel; Herbert N. Foerstel.
Praeger, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Barbara Jordan begins on p. 32
African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Richard W. Leeman.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Barbara Charline Jordan" begins on p. 207
The Almanac of Women and Minorities in American Politics
Mart Martin.
Westview Press, 1999
Women Politicians and the Media
Maria Braden.
University Press of Kentucky, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Barbara Jordan begins on p. 69
Biographical Dictionary of Congressional Women
Karen Foerstel.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Barbara Jordan" begins on p. 137
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