Assata Shakur A 20th Century Escaped Slave

Assata Shakur A 20th Century Escaped Slave

by Barbara Casey

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Overview

In May 1973, Assata Olugbala Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which she was accused of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and assaulting Trooper James Harper. This resulted in her indictment of first-degree murder of Foerster and seven other felonies related to the shootout. A member of the Black Panther Party, she became a prime target of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Counterintelligence Program. When she joined the Black Liberation Army and went into hiding, between 1973 and 1977, she was placed on the FBIs Most Wanted List for three bank robberies, the kidnapping and murder of two drug dealers, and the attempted murder of two New Jersey police officers.

In March 1977 Assata Shakur was convicted of murdering state trooper Werner Forrester and was imprisoned. Two years later she broke out of the maximum-security wing of Clinton Correctional Facility in New Jersey, pistol in hand, as she and three cohorts sped out of the prison grounds. In 1984 she was granted political asylum in Cuba where she has lived ever since. On May 2, 2013, the FBI added her to the Most Wanted Terrorist List, the first woman to be listed. Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave is the story of Assata Shakur, before she became a fugitive and since.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939521705
Publisher: Strategic Media Books
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Barbara Casey is president of the Barbara Casey Agency and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her award winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, released in 2008 was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and her latest young adult novel. The Cadence of Gypsies, was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books. In addition to being a frequent guest lecturer at universities and writers conferences, Ms. Casey served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, FL and was Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991through 2003.

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