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Living for the City

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Living for the City

Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California

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Living for the City by Donna Jean Murch
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This book looks at Black Power politics on the campus and the street. In this nuanced and ground-breaking history, Donna Murch argues that the Black Panther Party (BPP) started with a study group. Drawing on oral history and untapped archival sources, she explains how a relatively small city with a recent history of African American settlement produced such compelling and influential forms of Black Power politics. During an era of expansion and political struggle in California's system of public higher education, black southern migrants formed the BPP. In the early 1960s, attending Merritt College and other public universities radicalized Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and many of the young people who joined the Panthers' rank and file. In the face of social crisis and police violence, the most disfranchised sectors of the East Bay's African American community - young, poor, and migrant - challenged the legitimacy of state authorities and of an older generation of black leadership. Excavating this hidden history, "Living for the City" broadens the scholarship of the Black Power movement by documenting the contributions of black students and youth who created new forms of organization, grassroots mobilization, and political literacy.

Author Biography

DONNA JEAN MURCH is assistant professor of history at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Release date Australia
September 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Edition
New edition
Imprint
The University of North Carolina Press
Pages
328
Dimensions
156x235x25
ISBN-13
9780807833766
Product ID
4051281

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