Comrades : A Local History of the Black Panther Party

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The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded in Oakland, California, in 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. It was perhaps the most visible of the Black Power groups in the late 60s and early 70s, not least because of its confrontational politics, its rejection of nonviolence, and its headline-catching, gun-toting militancy. Important on the national scene and highly visible on college campuses, the Panthers also worked at building grassroots support for local black political and economic power. Although there have been many books about the Black Panthers, none has looked at the organization and its work at the local level. This book examines the work and actions of seven local initiatives in Baltimore, Winston-Salem, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. These local organizations are revealed as committed to programs of community activism that focused on problems of social, political, and economic justice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 544.31g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 32 b&w photos
  • 0253219302
  • 9780253219305

Table of contents

Introduction: Painting a More Complete Portrait of the Black Panther Party Judson L. Jeffries and Ryan Nissim-Sabat
1. Revising Panther History in Baltimore Judson L. Jeffries
2. Picking Up Where Robert F. Williams Left Off: The Winston-Salem Branch of the Black Panther Party Benjamin R. Friedman
3. Panthers Set Up Shop in Cleveland Ryan Nissim-Sabat
4. Nap Town Awakens to Find a Menacing Panther; OK, Maybe Not So Menacing Judson L. Jeffries and Tiyi M. Morris
5. Picking Up the Hammer: The Milwaukee Branch of the Black Panther Party Andrew Witt
6. "Brotherly Love Can Kill You": The Philadelphia Branch of the Black Panther Party Omari L. Dyson, Kevin L. Brooks, and Judson L. Jeffries
7. To Live and Die in L.A. Judson L. Jeffries and Malcolm Foley
Conclusion: A Way of Remembering the Black Panther Party in the PostBlack Power Era: Resentment, Disaster, and Disillusionment Floyd W. Hayes III
List of Contributors
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[T]his collection of essays skillfully situates seven rarely examined chapters of the Black Panther Party (BPP) within the larger scope of African American urban migration, civil rights activism, and the Black Freedom Struggle. * Indiana Magazine of History * . . . this is an important contribution to an underdeveloped topic in the scholarship on the party. . . . offers original and important research on the subject, broadening the scope of the field in essential ways, while adding to the scope of postwar ubran history.December 2008 -- Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar * University of Connecticut, Storrs * Judson L. Jeffries and his contributors have done the Black Panther Party a great service by highlighting perhaps the most important, yet least studied aspect of the organization-its community survival programs. Comrades is a must read for any serious student of the Black Panther Party. -- James N. Uptoneditor * Encyclopedia of American Race Riots * . . . move[s] beyond the usual media stereotypes, condemnations from the Right, and romanticization on the Left . . . Recommended. January 2009 * Choice *
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About Judson L. Jeffries

Judson L. Jeffries is Professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University and Director of the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center. He is editor of Black Power in the Belly of the Beast. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
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