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Hear a speech by Carl Stokes at the Cleveland City Club Forum,
November 12, 1971

(thanks to Ray Harris at PRwebcast.com)

Promises of Power: a political autobiography
by Carl B. Stokes

Carl Stokes was the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, and famous as the first black mayor of a major American city. He put together a coalition and maintained it with the force of his personality and convictions. He attracted many idealistic and talented people to his administration, which has had a lasting impact on local politics. This is his own story, told simply and frankly.

This edition contains the complete text as found in the 1973 print edition by Simon and Schuster, along with some enhancements developed to aid in navigating this site. At this time we are not offering the illustrations from the book, due to uncertainties about intellectual property rights. The site is hosted by the Cleveland State University Library and is presented here with the permission of the author's estate.


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