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Black Power

Radical Politics and African American Identity

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar
with a new preface

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Exploring the profound impact of the Black Power movement on African Americans.

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In the 1960s and 70s, the two most important black nationalist organizations, the Nation of Islam and the Black Panther Party, gave voice and agency to the most economically and politically isolated members of black communities outside the South. Though vilified as fringe and extremist, these movements proved to be formidable agents of influence during the civil rights era, ultimately giving birth to the Black Power movement.

Drawing on deep archival research and interviews with key…

Exploring the profound impact of the Black Power movement on African Americans.

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice

In the 1960s and 70s, the two most important black nationalist organizations, the Nation of Islam and the Black Panther Party, gave voice and agency to the most economically and politically isolated members of black communities outside the South. Though vilified as fringe and extremist, these movements proved to be formidable agents of influence during the civil rights era, ultimately giving birth to the Black Power movement.

Drawing on deep archival research and interviews with key participants, Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar reconsiders the commingled stories of—and popular reactions to—the Nation of Islam, Black Panthers, and mainstream civil rights leaders. Ogbar finds that many African Americans embraced the seemingly contradictory political agenda of desegregation and nationalism. Indeed, black nationalism, he demonstrates, was far more favorably received among African Americans than historians have previously acknowledged. It engendered minority pride and influenced the political, cultural, and religious spheres of mainstream African American life for the decades to come.

This updated edition of Ogbar's classic work contains a new preface that describes the book's genesis and links the Black Power movement to the Black Lives Matter movement. A thoroughly updated essay on sources contains a comprehensive review of Black Power–related scholarship. Ultimately, Black Power reveals a black freedom movement in which the ideals of desegregation through nonviolence and black nationalism marched side by side.

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Ogbar does an exemplary job of providing a comprehensive overview of organizations and leaders involved in the Black Power movement.

The best account of the Black Panther Party in print... this is an outstanding work.

This book will be the standard-bearer on the subject for years to come.

An intriguing foray into a time and place in American history that has been visited far too infrequently by historians and others.

Black Power is an intellectual triumph... well organized.

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9
Pages
296
ISBN
9781421429762
Illustration Description
6 halftones, 3 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction. For the People and of the People: Black Nationalism,
Identity, and Popular Culture
Chapter 1. An Organization of the Living: The

Preface to the Updated Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction. For the People and of the People: Black Nationalism,
Identity, and Popular Culture
Chapter 1. An Organization of the Living: The Nation of Islam and
Black Popular Culture
Chapter 2. "There Go My People": The Civil Rights Movement,
Black Nationalism, and Black Power
Chapter 3. A Party for the People: The Black Freedom Movement
and the Rise of the Black Panther Party
Chapter 4. Swimming with the Masses: The Black Panthers,
Lumpenism, and Revolutionary Culture
Chapter 5. "Move Over or We'll Move Over on You": Black Power
and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement
Chapter 6. Rainbow Radicalism: The Rise of Radical Ethnic
Nationalism
Conclusion. Power and the People
Epilogue. Black Nationalism after Jim Crow
Notes
Essay on Sources
Index

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