Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (Hardcover)

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Joshua Bloom is a Fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche Center at UCLA. He is the co-editor ofWorking for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy and the collection editor of theBlack Panther Newspaper Collection.
Waldo E. Martin, Jr. is Professor of History at UC Berkeley. He is the author ofNo Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar American, Brown Vs. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents, andThe Mind of Frederick Douglass.
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 U.S., 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 68 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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ISBN 9780520271852
Genre HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Format Hardcover
Pages 539
Publisher Date 2013-01-14 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Copyright Year 2013
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 2.0 lb
Language English
Subtitle The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
Audience General/trade
Authors Bloom, Joshua
Country of Origin United States
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