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Black against empire: the history and politics of the Black Panther Party

Black against empire: the history and politics of the Black Panther Party

Bloom, Joshua, author; Martin, Waldo E., 1951- author

This title is a comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. This book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement, and its disastrous unraveling. This timely special edition, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, features a new preface by the authors that places the Party in a contemporary political landscape, especially as it relates to Black Lives Matter and other struggles to fight police brutality against black communities. In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the United States, the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with offices in sixty-eight U.S. cities and powerful allies around the world.Black against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling. Informed by twelve years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power

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Published Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016

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Statement of responsibility: Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr
ISBN: 0520966457, 9780520966451
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: 2013.
Note: "With a new preface"--Title page.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xvi, 539 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: United States Race relations Political aspects History 20th century.; African Americans Politics and government 20th century.; 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999; African Americans Civil rights History 20th century.; Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999; Social & cultural history; Political science & theory; Black Panther Party History.; Social discrimination & equal treatment; United States Race relations History 20th century.; Civil rights movements United States History 20th century.; Politics & government; United States of America, USA; Ethnic studies; Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies; Politics and Government; History of the Americas; History; 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100; Relating to African American people
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780520293281