In Search of the Black Panther Party: New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement / Edition 1

In Search of the Black Panther Party: New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement / Edition 1

by Jama Lazerow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822338904

ISBN-13: 9780822338901

Pub. Date: 10/31/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


Controversy swirled around the Black Panthers from the moment the revolutionary black nationalist Party was founded in Oakland, California, in 1966. Since that time, the group that J. Edgar Hoover called “the single greatest threat to the nation’s internal security” has been celebrated and denigrated, deified and vilified. Rarely, though, has it

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Controversy swirled around the Black Panthers from the moment the revolutionary black nationalist Party was founded in Oakland, California, in 1966. Since that time, the group that J. Edgar Hoover called “the single greatest threat to the nation’s internal security” has been celebrated and denigrated, deified and vilified. Rarely, though, has it received the sort of nuanced analysis offered in this rich interdisciplinary collection. Historians, along with scholars in the fields of political science, English, sociology, and criminal justice, examine the Panthers and their present-day legacy with regard to revolutionary violence, radical ideology, urban politics, popular culture, and the media. The essays consider the Panthers as distinctly American revolutionaries, as the products of specific local conditions, and as parts of other movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

One contributor evaluates the legal basis of the Panthers’ revolutionary struggle, explaining how they utilized and critiqued the language of the Constitution. Others explore the roles of individuals, looking at a one-time Panther imprisoned for a murder he did not commit and an FBI agent who monitored the activities of the Panthers’ Oakland branch. Contributors assess the Panthers’ relations with Students for a Democratic Society, the Young Lords, the Brown Berets, and the Peace and Freedom Party. They discuss the Party’s use of revolutionary aesthetics, and they show how the Panthers manipulated and were manipulated by the media. Illuminating some of the complexities involved in placing the Panthers in historical context, this collection demonstrates that the scholarly search for the Black Panthers has only just begun.

Contributors. Bridgette Baldwin, Davarian L. Baldwin, David Barber, Rod Bush, James T. Campbell, Tim Lake, Jama Lazerow, Edward P. Morgan, Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, Roz Payne, Robert O. Self, Yohuru Williams, Joel Wilson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822338901
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xi
Editors' Note....................1
PART ONE The Panthers through the Historian's Lens....................15
PART TWO The Panthers as American Revolutionaries....................59
Introductory Comment: The Panthers and the Question of Violence Rod Bush....................67
PART THREE From the Bottom Up and the Top Down: Personal Politics and the Black Panthers....................97
Introductory Comment: The Panthers and Local History James T. Campbell....................104
"A Rebel All His Life": The Unexpected Story of Frank "Parky" Grace Jama Lazerow....................158
PART FOUR Coalition Politics: The Panthers as a "Revolutionary Vanguard"....................183
Introductory Comment: White Tigers, Brown Berets, Black Panthers, Oh My! Yohuru Williams....................191
Invisible Cages: Racialized Politics and the Alliance between the Panthers and the Peace and Freedom Party Joel Wilson....................223
Leading the Vanguard: White New Leftists School the Panthers on Black Revolution David Barber....................252
PART FIVE Revolutionary Politics: The Black Panthers in the American Imagination....................289
Introductory Comment: "Culture Is a Weapon in Our Struggle for Liberation": The Black Panther Party and the Cultural Politics of Decolonization Davarian L. Baldwin....................306
The Arm(ing) of the Vanguard, Signify(ing), and Performing the Revolution: The Black Panther Party and Pedagogical Strategies for Interpreting a Revolutionary Life Tim Lake....................324
Media Culture and the Public Memory of the Black Panther Party Edward P. Morgan....................375
Contributors....................377

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