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From the Publisher"Offers a fresh perspective on East Bay black activism. . . . An engaging work that adds to the expanding literature on the interplay between black migration and political mobilization."
-Journal of African American History
"The most thoughtful history of this important organization written to this point. . . . It is quite doubtful if any will surpass this [book] in terms of imagination, clear writing, deft scholarship and weighty conclusions."
-Journal of American Studies
"Creates an important framework of analysis of local black radical politics by placing higher education and southern black migrants as central to its development."
-Pacific Historical Review
A provocative reinterpretation of the origins of the Black Panther Party in Oakland. . . .Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."
"Well-researched, smoothly written. . . . A testament to the liberating impact of higher education. . . . It is quite doubtful if any [study] will surpass this one in terms of imagination, clear writing, deft scholarship and weighty conclusions."
-Gerald Horne, Journal of American Studies
"This is a brilliant study of the Black Power movement and a major contribution to American social, cultural, and intellectual history, particularly the study of the African American experience. Donna Murch has impressive insights into the political culture of the Black Panther Party, and this book will have a dramatic impact on the way the history of Black Power politics is written."
-Komozi Woodard, Sarah Lawrence College
"Donna Murch has crafted a remarkable study of the Emmett Till generation, the young African American men and women whose coming of age was radicalized by a decade of violence-from Till's murder to the assassination of Malcolm X-but leavened by an optimism born of faith in migration, education, and self-invention. From debutante balls in the 1950s to Panther breakfast programs in the 1970s, it was southerners, Murch artfully shows, who transformed Oakland, California, in the civil rights and black power eras."
-Robert Self, Brown University