To Die for the People

ISBN-10: 0872865290

ISBN-13: 9780872865297

Edition: 2009

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

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.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison is one of today's leading novelists, as well as a writer whose African American identity has helped shape her impressive literary contributions. As Jean Strouse, who wrote a Newsweek cover story about her, says, "Morrison hates it when people say she is not a "black writer."' "Of course I'm a black writer. That's like saying Dostoevski's not a Russian writer. They mean I'm not just a black writer, but categories like black writer, woman writer, and Latin American writer aren't marginal anymore. We have to acknowledge that the thing we call "literature' is pluralistic now, just as society ought to be." Toni Morrison's novels show a steady progression not only in artistic skill but also in the range and scope of her subjects and settings. The first three take place in African American communities in dominantly white Lorain, Ohio, where Toni Morrison, as Chloe Anthony Wofford, grew up as a member of a stable family of six headed by a father who often worked three jobs simultaneously in order to support his family during the Depression years. She graduated from Howard University and received a master's degree from Cornell University with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She teaches writing at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970), is an experimental work that begins haltingly with the Dick-and-Jane language of a grade school primer and slowly develops into a poetically tragic story of a little African American girl, and, by extension, the tragedy of racism, sexual violence, and black self-hatred. Her second novel, Sula (1973), is the story of two women whose deep early friendship is severely tested when one of them returns after a 10-year absence as "a classic type of evil force" to disrupt the community. Song of Solomon (1977) has as central characters a young man named Milkman and his nemesis, Guitar, whose fates are as inextricably linked as those of the young women in Sula. Song of Solomon is a thoughtful work rich in symbols and mythical in its implications as it portrays the complicated hidden histories of African Americans. Yet the book is readable enough to have been chosen a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and as winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1977. In Tar Baby (1981) Morrison extends her range to an island in the Caribbean and for the first time allows white characters to play prominent roles along with the black. Tar Baby is essentially a novel of ideas, but the ideas again are conveyed along with a fast-moving narrative with credible characters. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved (1987), a brilliant novel about a fugitive slave woman who murders her infant, Beloved, so that the child will not grow up to become a slave. Her most recent novel, Jazz (1990), continues her powerful explorations of African American communities.

The Party
The Ten-Point Program
Executive Mandate No. 1: May 2, 1967
Executive Mandate No. 2: June 29, 1967
The Correct Handling of a Revolution: July 20, 1967
Speech Delivered at Boston College: November 18, 1970
Resolutions and Declarations: December 5, 1970
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
Statement: May 1, 1971
On the Relevance of the Church: May 19, 1971
The People
Black America
Fear and Doubt: May 15, 1967
From "In Defense of Self-Defense" I: June 20, 1967
From "In Defense of Self-Defense" II: July 3, 1967
To the Black Movement: May 15, 1968
To the Republic of New Africa: September 13, 1969
Black Capitalism Re-analyzed I: June 5, 1971
Black Capitalism Re-analyzed II: August 9, 1971
He Won't Bleed Me: A Revolutionary Analysis of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: June 19, 1971
White America
On the Peace Movement: August 15, 1969
The Women's Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements: August 15, 1970
To the Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention: September5, 1970
Reply to William Patterson: September 19, 1970
The Third World
To the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam: August 29, 1970
Letter from Nguyen Thi Dinh: October 31, 1970
Reply to Roy Wilkins re: Vietnam: September 26, 1970
On the Middle East: September 5, 1970
Repression Breeds Resistance: January 16, 1970
Attica Statement: October 16, 1971
Uniting Against the Common Enemy: October 23, 1971
The Bound and the Dead
Prisons: July 12, 1969
Eulogy for Jonathan Jackson and William Christmas: August 15, 1970
Lonnie McLucas and the New Haven 9: August 29, 1970
On the Capture of Angela Davis: October 17, 1970
Eulogy for Samuel Napier: May 1, 1971
On the Dismissal of the Case Against Bobby and Ericka: May 29, 1971
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