Race for Mayor,The
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Chicago's 1983 mayoral campaign sparked nationwide interest in the
growth of black political awareness. The stunning victory of Harold
Washington, a black U.S. congressman, over Chicago's Democratic
"machine" heightened the expectations of blacks all over the country.
This independent documentary--with Mayor Washington, Jesse Jackson,
former mayor Jane Byrne, Richard Daley, and Democratic political boss
Edward Vrdolyak--shot in churches, city streets, empty lots, Polish
restaurants, political offices and Operation PUSH offices paints a
complex picture of the fusing of a new political coalition, and places
it in the context of the historic evolution of successive waves of
ethnic groups who seek to wrest control from earlier entrenched