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Black power : radical politics and African American identity /
Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2004.
x, 258 p. : ill.
0801879574 (alk. paper)
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Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2004.
0801879574 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar is an associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-07-01:
In 1966, the slogan "Black Power" was introduced at a rally in Mississippi. That has often been depicted as the beginning of the end of the Civil Rights Movement. Ogbar (Univ. of Connecticut) skillfully demolishes this argument, demonstrating that Black Nationalism helped to improve the image of African American culture and history. He does not deny that two prominent groups, the Nation of Islam and the Black Panther Party, ultimately saw their influence wane; nevertheless, they made a significant impact on the African American community. After these groups, few would ever see blacks as passive or ashamed of their heritage and history. Ogbar writes perceptively and lucidly about the Muslim movement and produces the best account of the Black Panther Party in print. He particularly shows that the Panthers, despite suffering from "lumpenism" (criminal activity and crude behavior), vigorously developed revolutionary organization. Ogbar also discredits the old canard that the Panthers were unusually sexist, showing instead an organization unusually sensitive to women's problems. This is an outstanding work. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. D. R. Turner Davis and Elkins College
Review Quotes
"Ambitious, challenging, and, ultimately, rewarding book." -- Patrick D. Jones, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"An important contribution to the growing field of Black Power Studies." -- Journal of African American History
"An intriguing foray into a time and place in Amercian history that has been visited far too infrequently by historians and others." -- Claude A. Clegg III, Journal of Southern History
"An intriguing foray into a time and place in American history that has been visited far too infrequently by historians and others." -- Claude A. Clegg III, Journal of Southern History
"As an introduction to the history of black power and black nationalism in the mid-to-late twentieth century America, this book provides a valuable overview of the sources, central issues, and influences of those movements." -- Richard H. King, American Historical Review
"Black Power is an intellectual triumph... well organized." -- Rhetoric and Public Affairs
"Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity is an intriguing foray into a time and place in Amercian history that has been visited far too infrequently by historians and others." -- Claude A. Clegg III, Journal of Southern History
"The best account of the Black Panther Party in print... this is an outstanding work." -- Choice
"This book will be the standard-bearer on the subject for years to come." -- Judson L. Jeffries, Journal of American History
"Black Power is a distinct contribution to the new scholarship on the Black freedom movement. Ogbar is among the best of a new generation of imaginative and critical scholars, probing past assumptions and challenging old understandings of such groups as the Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam. While Ogbar's analysis is bound to become the center of lively debates, his singular interpretation rests on sound research, including an impressive array of movement interviews." -- Komozi Woodard, Sarah Lawrence College, author of A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics, 08/26/2004
"Jeffrey Ogbar's wonderfully evocative study greatly enhances our understanding of the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party, and the impact these groups had on Black Power era notions of self-love and collective identity. It is a welcome addition to the still-small body of scholarship which seeks to document the influence of African-American nationalist beliefs on contemporary culture and politics."--William L. Van Deburg, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975
"Will be a lasting contribution to the scholarship on the African American freedom struggle, on the ways in which gender and class are implicated in the construction of racial and ethnic identities, and on American race relations more generally."--Brian Ward, University of Florida
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Main Description
In the 1960s, the Nation of Islam and the Black Panther Party gave voice to many economically disadvantaged and politically isolated African Americans, especially outside the South. Though vilified as extremist and marginal, they were formidable agents of influence and change during the civil rights era and ultimately shaped the Black Power movement. In this fresh study, 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 was far more favorably received among African Americans than historians have previously acknowledged. Black Power reveals a civil rights movement in which the ideals of desegregation through nonviolence and black nationalism marched side by side. Ogbar concludes that Black Power had more lasting cultural consequences among African Americans and others than did the civil rights movement, engendering minority pride and influencing the political, cultural, and religious spheres of mainstream African American life for the next three decades.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: For the People and of the People: Black Nationalism, Identity, and Popular Culturep. 1
An Organization of the Living: The Nation of Islam and Black Popular Culturep. 11
"There Go My People": The Civil Rights Movement, Black Nationalism, and Black Powerp. 37
A Party for the People: The Black Freedom Movement and the Rise of the Black Panther Partyp. 69
Swimming with the Masses: The Black Panthers, Lumpenism, and Revolutionary Culturep. 93
"Move Over or We'll Move Over on You": Black Power and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movementp. 123
Rainbow Radicalism: The Rise of Radical Ethnic Nationalismp. 159
Conclusion: Power and the Peoplep. 191
Epilogue: Black Nationalism after Jim Crowp. 199
Notesp. 207
Essay on Sourcesp. 241
Indexp. 251
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