Liberated Territory Untold Local Perspectives on the Black Panther Party

ISBN-10: 0822343266

ISBN-13: 9780822343264

Edition: 2008

Authors: Yohuru Williams, Jama Lazerow

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With their collectionIn Search of the Black Panther Party, Yohuru Williams and Jama Lazerow provided a broad analysis of the Black Panther Party and its legacy. InLiberated Territorythey turn their attention to local manifestations of the organization far away from the Party's Oakland headquarters. This collection's contributors, all historians, examine how specific Party chapters or offshoots emerged, developed, and waned, as well as how the local branches related to their communities and to the national party.The histories and character of the Party branches vary as widely as their locations. The Cape Verdeans of New Bedford, Massachusetts, were initially viewed as a particular challenge for the Boston Panthers but later became the mainstay of the Boston-area Party. In the early 1970s, the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, chapter excelled at implementing the national Black Panther Party's strategic shift from revolutionary confrontation to mainstream electoral politics. In Detriot the Panthers were defined by a complex relationship between their above-ground activities and an underground wing dedicated to armed struggle. While the Milwaukee chapter was born out of a rising tide of black militancy, it ultimately proved more committed to promoting literacy and health care and redressing hunger than to violence. The Alabama Black Liberation Front did not have the official imprimatur of the national Party, but it drew heavily on the Panthers' ideas and organizing strategies, and its activism demonstrates the broad resonance of many of the concerns articulated by the national Party: the need for jobs, for decent food and housing, for black self-determination, and for sustained opposition to police brutality against black people.Liberated Territoryreveals how Black Panther Party ideologies, goals, and strategies were taken up and adapted throughout the United States.Contributors: Devin Fergus; Jama Lazerow; Ahmad A. Rahman; Robert W. Widell Jr.; Yohuru Williams
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 1/12/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

George Lakoff is�the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvard�and the University of Michigan. His academic career has been devoted to developing the field of cognitive lingusitics, the cognitive theory of metaphor,�construction grammar,�embodied conceptual systems,�a neural theory of grammar, and the cognitive foundations of mathematics.

Introduction. From Oakland to Omaha: Historicizing the Panthers
Bringing the Black Panther Party Back In: A Survey
The Black Panthers at the Water's Edge: Oakland, Boston, and the New Bedford "Riots" of 1970
"The Power Belongs to Us and We Belong to the Revolutionary Age": The Alabama Black Liberation Front and the Long Reach of the Black Panther Party
Marching Blind: The Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party in Detroit
"Give Them a Cause to Die For": The Black Panther Party in Milwaukee, 1969-77
Epilogue. The Black Panther Party in the Disunited States of America: Constitutionalism, Watergate, and the Closing of the Americanists' Minds
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