We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party / Edition 1

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Overview

In his youth Mumia Abu-Jamal helped found the Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party, wrote for the national newspaper, and began his life-long work of exposing the violence of the state as it manifests in entrenched poverty, endemic racism, and unending police brutality and celebrating a people’s unending quest for freedom. In We Want Freedom, Mumia combines personal experience with extensive research to provide a compelling history of the Black Panther Party—what it was, where it came from, and what rose from its ashes. Mumia also pays special attention to the U.S. government’s disruption of the organization through COINTELPRO and similar operations.

While Abu-Jamal is a prolific writer and probably the world’s most famous political prisoner, this book is unlike any of Mumia’s previous works. In We Want Freedom, Abu-Jamal applies his sharp critical faculties to an examination of one of the U.S.’s most revolutionary and most misrepresented groups. A subject previously explored by various historians and forever ripe for "insider" accounts, the Black Panther Party has not yet been addressed by a writer with the well-earned international acclaim of Abu-Jamal, nor with his unique combination of a powerful, even poetic, voice and an unsparing critical gaze. Abu-Jamal is able to make his own Black Panther Party days come alive as well as help situate the organization within its historical context, a context that included both great revolutionary fervor and hope, and great repression. In this era, when the US PATRIOT Act dismantles some of the same rights and freedoms violated by the FBI in their attack on the Black Panther Party, the story of how the Party grew and matured while combating such invasions is a welcome and essential lesson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896087187
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 321,330
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning journalist, is America's best-known political prisoner. Sentenced with execution, Mumia has lived on Death Row since 1982. Ever since he wrote for the Black Panther Party's national newspaper as a youth, Mumia has reported on the racism and inequity in our society. He soon added radio to his portfolio, eventually recording a series of reports from death row for NPR's All Things Considered. However, NPR, caving in to political pressure, refused to air the programs. Mumia Abu-Jamal is still fighting for his own freedom from prison, and through his powerful voice, for the freedom of all people from inequity.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The beginnings of the Black Panther Party and the history it sprang from 1
2 The deep roots of the struggle for black liberation 31
3 A Panther walks in Philly 51
4 The Black Panther Party 65
5 "Huey's party" grows 95
6 The empire strikes back : cointelpro 117
7 A woman's party 159
8 A panther's life 185
9 The split 205
10 One, two, many parties 227
About Mumia Abu-Jamal 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Panther Power

    A well written & easy to read autobiography (of an individual and an organization) that shatters myths and distortions of the legacy of the Black Panther Party. Mumia does an excellent job of drawing historical and ideological lessons from the Party's life and actions placing it in the context of the nationwide and worldwide surges of revolution and national liberation struggles. Especially important is his contribution (in the book) on the role of women in the Party, the role of the Black Panther newspaper in reaching and speaking to the masses, also his total contempt of 'the snitches' that the police and FBI helped to plant within the Party to disrupt and discredit it from within. Highly recommended for those studying the movements of the 1960's, the civil rights movement, the revolutionary movement, movements against the war in vietnam, etc,.

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