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Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans

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African American History / Civil Rights
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“An illuminating look at the Black Panther Party’s history in New Orleans, the turbulent racial climate of New Orleans in the 1960s, and the founding of the local party, which was committed to challenging discriminatory white political-power structures.” —Times-Picayune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557288967
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Orissa Arend is a mediator, freelance journalist, and psychotherapist in private practice in New Orleans. She has written for the Louisiana Weekly, the New Orleans Tribune, and the Times-Picayune.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Charles E. Jones xi

Introduction Curtis J. Austin xvii

Preface xxvii

Part I Bullets and Breakfast on Piety Street

1 Desire and the Panthers 3

2 The Panther, the "Mayor of Desire," and the Mayor's Special Assistant 15

3 Remembering and Forgetting: What Really Happened 23

4 The Nuts and Bolts of Infiltration 29

5 Moving the System 39

6 The "Kidnapping" of Ronald Ailsworth 47

7 A Pig or Officer Friendly? 51

8 Just before the Shootout 55

9 The Shootout 69

10 After the Shootout: New Orleanians Speak Out 79

Part II Desire Heats Up

11 The Rematch 91

12 This Time We Ain't Movin' 95

13 The Massacre That Almost Occurred 101

14 The Day after the Standoff, Revelations in a Pig's Eye, Kinship, and Luck 113

15 Double Dirty Tricks 119

16 The Year After: Did the Panthers Make a Difference or Were the People "Tricked as Usual"? 131

17 Panthers and Principles on Trial: "Somebody Has to Not Have Fear" 137

18 "Better Off in the Penitentiary" 147

Part II Prisoners and Those who Love Them

19 The Escapees-Now Known as the Angola Three-and the Panthers: A Long-Term Relationship 155

20 "The Mayor" Goes to Prison 165

21 Geronimo ji Jaga 169

Part IV Making Sense of It

22 Where Have All the Panthers Gone? 175

23 Grits, Not Guns: The Panther Legacy 183

24 And Then Came Katrina 191

Epilogue 203

Acknowledgments 211

Appendix A Cast of Characters 213

Appendix B October 1966 Black Panther Party Platform and Program 217

Appendix C Eight Points of Attention 221

Appendix D Three Main Rules of Discipline 222

Chronology 223

Abbreviations 227

Notes 229

Suggested Reading and Viewing 243

Bibliography 255

Index 259

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