I recently saw a show about the life of Paul Robeson called I Go On Singing. It was a good show, but it contained several assertions that made me wonder.
- Tens of thousands of slaves escaped to Northern Free States.
- Agents of the U.S. government doused Paul Robeson with hallucinogenic drugs at some point late in his life, causing psychotic episodes.
- Paul Robeson “mastered” two dozen languages.
Some web pages report that Paul or his children make these assertions, but are they right? What other evidence exists?