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Black Politics / White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Black Panthers in New Haven

Black Politics / White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Black Panthers in New Haven

Yohuru Williams

ISBN: 978-1-881-08960-5

Jul 2000, Wiley-Blackwell

240 pages

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$34.95

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The popular media have portrayed the Black Panthers mainly for the rhetoric of violence some members employed and for the associations between the Panthers and a black militancy drawing on racial hostility to whites in general. Overlooked have been the efforts that branches of the organization undertook for practical economic and social progress within African-American neighborhoods, frequently in alliance with whites. Yohuru Williams' study of black politics in New Haven culminating in the arrival of the Panthers argues that the increasing militancy in the black community there was motivated not by abstractions of black cultural integrity but by the continuing frustrations the leadership suffered in its dealings with the city's white liberal establishment. Black Politics/White Power is an important contribution to a discovery of the complexities of racial politics during the angry late sixties and early seventies.

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Preface: War Without Bloodshed?

1. Introduction: When the Colored began Moving In, we Knew our Neighborhood was in Trouble.

2. The Babylon of Black Togetherness.

3. In 1962 Richard C. Lee was the Civil Rights Leader in New Haven.

4. A New Day in Babylon.

5. There is a Riot Going on.

6. Enter the Black Panthers.

7. Servants of the People.

8. No Haven.

Bibliography.

Acknowledgments.

Index.