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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers; Reissue edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872865290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872865297
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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Huey Newton was co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party, and its chief theoretician. In 1967 Newton was arrested and charged with killing an Oakland police officer during a dispute, leading to a much-publicized "Free Huey" campaign. In 1980, Newton earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of California. He died in 1989. Toni Morrison is a Nobel-prize winning American author, editor and professor. Among the best known of her novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. Elaine Brown became, in 1974, the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party. Today, as an activist, writer and popular lecturer, she promotes the vision of an inclusive and egalitarian society, focusing on resolving problems of race, gender oppression and class disparity in the United States.

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This read will enlighten & inspire you, a must have!
Dee
"If the Peace Movement is successful, then the revolution will be successful. If the Peace Movement fails, then the revolution in the mother country fails."
Steven H. Propp
I very good informative book on his ideology, and the Black Panther party and how it was progressing before its fall from grace.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book became my guideline in times when I did not know where I should take strength from. It is a book full of power, intelligence and passion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By WeezyBoPeep on November 24, 2004
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This is an amazing book by an amazing man. He founded the Black Panther Party with Bobby Seale, and he has gone down in history with pretty much the same rap as the Black Panthers: violent black power freaks. This is simply not true and this book sheds some real light on the man and his legacy of non-violent revolution.

I recommend this book to any young person age 16+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 12, 2009
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The fight against injustice and cruelty pushes people to new heights. "To Die for the People" is a biography of Huey Newton, founder of the Black Panther party, and has been labeled a radical all of his life. Offering insights to one of the biggest influences of the civil rights movement and black power movements of the 1960s and 70s, his story is one that's crucial to understanding the social changes of the second half of the twentieth century. "To Die for the People" is a worthwhile addition to any collection focusing on social issues and memoirs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 24, 2001
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Huey does a remarkable job in explaining many of viewpoints and objectives of the Black Panther Party. If you really want to gain an understanding of the Black Panther Party, especially Huey, this is a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2003
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'This re-issue of TO DIE FOR THE PEOPLE opens a window on Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party - on of the most dynamic and revolutionary organizations ever to exist. In these selections from Huey's writings and speeches, readers can trace the development of the activist personal and political thinking as well as the radical changes that took place in the politics, ideology and actions 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 at a young revolutionary group determined to find ways to deal with the injustice it saw in US society.

'Huey P. Newton - co-founder of the Black Panther Party with Bobby Seale - was its chief theoretician. Huey has long been a hero to many and is currently being rediscovered by people interested in the revolutionary struggle of Black people for liberation.

'Toni Morrison, whose acclaimed novels include BELOVED, SULA and JAZZ, edited this book for its initial publication in 1972.'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on November 19, 2000
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only a great mind like Toni Morrison is fitting to write on the Great mind of Huey P.Newton.Mr.Newton had alot of vision&inner spirit for change.he was ahead of his time.very compelling book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 20, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Huey Percy Newton (1942-1989) was a political and urban activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party. He was also the author of War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in America (his doctoral dissertation) and Revolutionary Suicide: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (his autobiography).

Here are some quotations from the book:

"The Black Panther Party is a Marxist-Leninist party because we follow the dialectical method and we also integrate theory with practice." (Pg. 25)
"Because the Black Panther Party is not embarrassed to change or admit error, tonight I would like to accept the criticism and say that those critics were absolutely right. We are a collection of communities ... because we have no superstructure of our own." (Pg. 37)
"There are more Black people in America than the total population of many countries now enjoying full membership in the United Nations." (Pg. 84)
"We see very little difference between Blacks who make profits from the Black community and refuse to contribute to Black survival programs, and the White profiteers such as Mayfair... Why should the Black community nourish a Black profiteer who has no concern for his brother?" (Pg. 110)
"If the Peace Movement is successful, then the revolution will be successful. If the Peace Movement fails, then the revolution in the mother country fails." (Pg. 151)
"But the women's liberation front and the gay liberation front are our friends, they are potential allies, and we need as many allies as possible." (Pg. 154)
"America is World-Enemy-Number-One and the military is its strong arm." (Pg. 190)
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By Trezrun Lawrence on February 5, 2014
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this is huey talking about .. his beliefs.. his outlooks.. if you're looking for information FROM Newton this is it. Keep in mind that these words are his and he's writing with an agenda in mind. His changing outlook, his shifting beliefs come through.
His stance on some issues, gay, lesbian for instance are archaic and backward, however he still has more of an open mind than many others ...
Newton helped make the BPP if you're doing research or you want a primary source this is a good one to have.. his words.. his beliefs.. more about early 1970's rather than the late 1960's..
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