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Up Against The Wall

£8.99

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Curtis J. Austin's ""Up Against the Wall"" chronicles how violence brought about the founding of the Black Panther Party in 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, dominated its policies, and finally destroyed the party as one member after another - Eldridge Cleaver, Fred Hampton, Alex Rackley - left the party, was killed, or was imprisoned.

Austin shows how the party's early emphasis in the 1960s on self-defence, though sorely needed in black communities at the time, left it open to mischaracterisation, infiltration, and devastation by local, state, and federal police forces and government agencies. Austin carefully highlights the internal tension between advocates of a more radical position than the Panthers took, who insisted on military confrontation with the state, and those such as Newton and David Hilliard, who believed in community organising and alliance building as first priorities. Austin interviewed a number of party members who had heretofore remained silent. With the help of these stories, Austin is able to put the violent history of the party in perspective and show that the ""survival"" programs, such as the Free Breakfast for Children program and Free Health Clinics, helped the black communities they served to recognise their own bases of power and ability to save themselves.

There is a little rubbing and bumping to the covers. Inside, the pages are clean and the binding is sound.

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Author(s):
Austin, Curtis J
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
9" by 6"
Edition:
2006
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1557288755
ISBN-13:
9781557288752
Number of pages:
456
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Title:
Up Against The Wall

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Curtis J. Austin's ""Up Against the Wall"" chronicles how violence brought about the founding of the Black Panther Party in 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, dominated its policies, and finally destroyed the party as one member after another - Eldridge Cleaver, Fred Hampton, Alex Rackley - left the party, was killed, or was imprisoned.

Austin shows how the party's early emphasis in the 1960s on self-defence, though sorely needed in black communities at the time, left it open to mischaracterisation, infiltration, and devastation by local, state, and federal police forces and government agencies. Austin carefully highlights the internal tension between advocates of a more radical position than the Panthers took, who insisted on military confrontation with the state, and those such as Newton and David Hilliard, who believed in community organising and alliance building as first priorities. Austin interviewed a number of party members who had heretofore remained silent. With the help of these stories, Austin is able to put the violent history of the party in perspective and show that the ""survival"" programs, such as the Free Breakfast for Children program and Free Health Clinics, helped the black communities they served to recognise their own bases of power and ability to save themselves.

There is a little rubbing and bumping to the covers. Inside, the pages are clean and the binding is sound.

Author(s):
Austin, Curtis J
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
9" by 6"
Edition:
2006
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1557288755
ISBN-13:
9781557288752
Number of pages:
456
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Title:
Up Against The Wall

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