To Die for the People

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Long an iconic figure for radicals, Huey Newton is now being discovered by those interested in the history of America’s social movements. This new release of a classic collection of his writings and speeches traces the development of Newton’s personal and political thinking, as well as the radical changes that took place in the formative years of the Black Panther Party. More than just a historic record, Newton’s prescience and foresight make these documents strikingly pertinent today.

Huey Newton was the founder, leader, and chief theoretician of the Black Panther Party, and one of America’s most dynamic and important revolutionary philosophers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872865297
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 517,958
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Huey Newton was co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party, and its chief theoretician. In 1967 Newton was arrested and charged with killing an Oakland police officer during a dispute, leading to a much-publicized "Free Huey" campaign. In 1980, Newton earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of California. He died in 1989. Toni Morrison is a Nobel-prize winning American author, editor and professor. Among the best known of her novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. Elaine Brown became, in 1974, the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party. Today, as an activist, writer and popular lecturer, she promotes the vision of an inclusive and egalitarian society, focusing on resolving problems of race, gender oppression and class disparity in the United States.

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Table of Contents

The Ten-Point Program 3
Executive Mandate No. 1: May 2, 1967 7
Executive Mandate No. 2: June 29, 1967 9
Executive Mandate No. 3: March 1, 1968 11
The Correct Handling of a Revolution: July 20, 1967 14
Speech Delivered at Boston College: November 18, 1970 20
Resolutions and Declarations: December 5, 1970 39
On the Defection of Eldridge Cleaver from the Black Panther Party and the Defection of the Black Panther Party from the Black Community: April 17, 1971 44
Statement: May 1, 1971 54
On the Relevance of the Church: May 19, 1971 60
Fear and Doubt: May 15, 1967 79
From "In Defense of Self-Defense" I: June 20, 1967 82
From "In Defense of Self-Defense" II: July 3, 1967 87
To the Black Movement: May 15, 1968 92
To the Republic of New Africa: September 13, 1969 96
Black Capitalism Re-analyzed I: June 5, 1971 101
Black Capitalism Re-analyzed II: August 9, 1971 109
He Won't Bleed Me: A Revolutionary Analysis of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song June 19, 1971 112
On the Peace Movement: August 15, 1969 148
The Women's Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements: August 15, 1970 152
To the Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention: September 5, 1970 156
Reply to William Patterson: September 19, 1970 163
To the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam: August 29, 1970 178
Letter from Nguyen Thi Dinh: October 31, 1970 182
Reply to Roy Wilkins re: Vietnam: September 26, 1970 186
On the Middle East: September 5, 1970 191
Repression Breeds Resistance: January 16, 1970 197
Attica Statement: October 16, 1971 205
Uniting Against the Common Enemy: October 23, 1971 207
Prisons: July 12, 1969 217
Eulogy for Jonathan Jackson and William Christmas: August 15, 1970 221
Lonnie McLucas and the New Haven 9: August 29, 1970 223
On the Capture of Angela Davis: October 17, 1970 228
Eulogy for Samuel Napier: May 1, 1971 230
On the Dismissal of the Case Against Bobby and Ericka: May 29, 1971 231
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