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ISBN-10: 0872865290
ISBN-13: 9780872865297
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 09/01/2009
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.40" W, 0.90" H

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To Die for the People: The Writings of Huey P. Newton

Editor: Toni Morrison
Introduction by: Elaine Brown

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Overview

A fascinating, first-person account of a historic era in the struggle for black empowerment in America.

Long an iconic figure for radicals, Huey Newton is now being discovered by those interested in the history of America’s social movements. Was he a gifted leader of his people or a dangerous outlaw? Were the Black Panthers heroes or terrorists?

Whether Newton and the Panthers are remembered in a positive or a negative light, no one questions Newton’s status as one of America’s most important revolutionaries. To Die for the People is a recently issued classic collection of his writings and speeches, tracing the development of Newton’s personal and political thinking, as well as the radical changes that took place in the formative years of the Black Panther Party.

With a rare and persuasive honesty, To Die for the People records the Party’s internal struggles, rivalries and contradictions, and the result is a fascinating look back at a young revolutionary group determined to find ways to deal with the injustice it saw in American society. And, as a new foreword by Elaine Brown makes eminently clear, Newton’s prescience and foresight make these documents strikingly pertinent today.

Huey Newton was the founder, leader and chief theoretician of the Black Panther Party, and one of America’s most dynamic and important revolutionary philosophers.

Huey P. Newton’s To Die for the People represents one of the most important analyses of the politics of race, black radicalism, and democracy written during the civil rights-Black Power era. It remains a crucial and indispensible text in our contemporary efforts to understand the continuous legacy of social movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
Peniel Joseph, author of Waiting Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America

Huey P. Newton’s name, and more importantly, his history of resistance and struggle, is little more than a mystery for many younger people. The name of a third-rate rapper is more familiar to the average Black youth, and that’s hardly surprising, for the public school system is invested in ignorance, and Huey P. Newton was a rebel — and more, a Black Revolutionary . . . who gave his best to the Black Freedom movement; who inspired millions of others to stand.
Mumia Abu Jamal, political prisoner and author of Jailhouse Lawyers

Newton’s ability to see theoretically, beyond most individuals of his time, is part of his genius. The opportunity to recognize that genius and see its applicability to our own times is what is most significant about this new edition.
Robert Stanley Oden, former Panther, Professor of Government, California State University, Sacramento

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Huey P. Newton's To Die for the People represents one of the most important analyses of the politics of race, black radicalism, and democracy written during the civil rights-Black Power era. It remains a crucial and indispensible text in our contemporary efforts to understand the continuous legacy of social movements of the 1960s and 1970s.–Peniel Joseph, author of Waiting Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America

Huey P. Newton's name, and more importantly, his history of resistance and struggle, is little more than a mystery for many younger people. The name of a third-rate rapper is more familiar to the average Black youth, and that's hardly surprising, for the public school system is invested in ignorance, and Huey P. Newton was a rebel–and more, a Black Revolutionary . . . who gave his best to the Black Freedom movement; who inspired millions of others to stand.–Mumia Abu Jamal, political prisoner and author of Jailhouse Lawyers

Newton's ability to see theoretically, beyond most individuals of his time, is part of his genius. The opportunity to recognize that genius and see its applicability to our own times is what is most significant about this new edition.–Robert Stanley Oden, former Panther, Professor of Government, California State University, Sacramento

The former leader and chief theoretician of the Black Panther Party, Huey Newton was (and for some, remains) an iconic figure. This new edition of writings and speeches from between 1967 and 1971 moves Newton out of the haze of memory and brings his ideas (as well as the early history of the Panthers) into sharp focus. Recording the Party's internal struggles, rivalries, and contradictions, selections trace the development of Newton's personal and political thinking during these tumultuous five years. A new introduction by activist and former Panther Elaine Brown puts Newton's writings and political ideas into broader perspective. This book will greatly appeal to both political activists and readers interested in the history of social movements.–Book News

Golden Gate Park has once again become a nexus for huge music concerts. . . . Politically speaking, it's especially important to bridge a sense of then and now. One person who will be doing exactly that is David Hilliard, former chief of staff in the Black Panther Party, author of many books, and current-day teacher. 'Our purpose was always to ensure that art was part of our revolutionary political process, ' says Hilliard.–Johnny Ray Huston, San Francisco Bay Guardian

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Details

ISBN-10: 0872865290
ISBN-13: 9780872865297
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 09/01/2009
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.40" W, 0.90" H
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