"A feat of archival editing and local history, [Punch 9 for Harold Washington] is a gripping underdog story of a charismatic firebrand and a sobering look at the triumphs and tragedies of the multicultural coalition who fought for democratic change alongside him." 

— Eric Marsh, DePaul University

By the 1980s, Chicago had become defined in the national consciousness by a deeply entrenched political machine typified by corruption and cronyism. But the city's 1983 mayoral election presented the opportunity to chart a new course, with a broad-base, progressive coalition led by the person who would become the city's first Black mayor: Harold Washington.

Punch 9 for Harold Washington captures in engrossing and captivating detail Washington's rise to political prominence, his dramatic and racially charged mayoral campaign, and the successes and challenges of his groundbreaking administration. Featuring exclusive interviews with national political figures including Rev. Jesse Jackson, David Axelrod, and Rahm Emmanuel, alongside a wealth of rare and illuminating archival footage, Punch 9 for Harold Washington provides an enthralling case study for electing leaders of color to executive office.

"Punch 9 is about as complete of a recounting of this significant chapter of Chicago history as one could hope to see, and one that you don't have to

be a political junkie to appreciate."

— Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com

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