"Essential reading for those who would prefer to judge the Panther movement for themselves."Library Journal
Here are Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, and Fred Hampton; Kathleen Cleaver and other Panther women; the party's court battles and acquittals; its positions on black separatism, the power structure, the police, violence, and education; as well as songs, poems, and political cartoons. This is the story behind the Black Panthers.
Philip S. Foner was one of the most prominent Marxist historians in the United States. A prolific author and editor, he tirelessly documented the lives of workers, African Americans, and political radicals.
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About the Author
Barbara Ransby is an historian, writer, and longtime political activist. Ransby has published dozens of articles and essays in popular and scholarly venues. She is most notably the author of an award-winning biography of civil rights activist Ella Baker, entitled Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, (University of North Carolina, 2003). She serves on the editorial board of the London-based journal, Race and Class, and a number of non-profit civic and media organizations.
"Philip S. Foner was a national treasure -- scholar, activist and lover of justice."--Cornel West "The closest thing we're going to get to a rebuttal to [the] organized attempt to destroy the Panthers' legacy." --Ishmael Reed "Essential reading for those who would prefer to judge the Panther movement for themselves" --Library Journal "The women's speeches and articles are notable for their concreteness and convincingness . . . especially [those of] Kathleen Cleaver." --The Nation