Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity by Jeffrey O. G. OgbarBlack Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity by Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar

Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity

byJeffrey O. G. Ogbar

Paperback | May 5, 2005

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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.

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar is an associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut.
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Title:Black Power: Radical Politics and African American IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 inPublished:May 5, 2005Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801882753

ISBN - 13:9780801882753

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



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.