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        Shirley Chisholm | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress, and four years later, the “unbought and unbossed” candidate embarked on a trailblazing campaign for president. Shunned by the political establishment and most black male political leaders, she ran an inspired, grass roots campaign, building a coalition of blacks, women, and young voters around her cause.

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        Shirley Chisholm: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use this interactive timeline to learn more about the life and historic campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first female African American candidate for president.

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        Shirley Chisholm: Chisholm's Beginnings

        Learn more about Shirley Chisholm's path to Congress with this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Shirley Chisholm: Chisholm and the 1970s

        Learn more about the times in which Shirley Chisholm lived, what motivated her to run for the presidency, and why she called herself "unbought and unbossed” with this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Shirley Chisholm: Chisholm and Her Adversaries

        Learn more about Shirley Chisholm and her unexpected political adversaries with this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Shirley Chisholm: Episode

        Shirley Chisholm was the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination and the first major party African American presidential candidate. Her landmark 1972 candidacy forever altered America’s view of what a presidential candidate should look and sound like.

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