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The Black Panther Party

A Guide to an American Subculture

by Jamie J. Wilson

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November 2018

Greenwood

Pages 152
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics American History/Race and Ethnicity
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Series Description

Guides to Subcultures and Countercultures


Beatniks and hippies. Radical feminists. The Ku Klux Klan. These and other groups may seem to be on society’s fringes, but they have a central role in the American story, leaving an indelible imprint on our music and art, pushing the nation toward social change, or, in the case of the Klan, leaving scars that are still slow to heal.

Each volume in this series offers students and general readers a concise and engaging examination of an American counterculture or subculture.

This series takes readers inside a number of subcultures and countercultures for an unforgettable look at the groups as a whole and the lives of the individuals who belonged to them.

Each volume explores a specific group's origins and historical context, the ideas and actions that set it apart from mainstream society, the language and lifestyles that brought unity to its members, and the unmistakable mark each made on the nation. It is an extraordinary opportunity for students and interested readers to consider divergent and sometimes repellent beliefs and lifestyles—from the terrifying Ku Klux Klan to the more peacefully rebellious hippies—and to encounter alternative accounts of some of the most intense and complex moments in American history.

Highlights

  • Offers an engaging alternative to conventional works on American social history by examining subcultures and countercultures
  • Shows the lasting impact of groups that existed well outside the mainstream of American society
  • Draws on a wealth of contemporaneous primary sources as well as current interviews with central figures of each subculture or counterculture

Features

  • Presents previously published or original interviews with people central to the counterculture, plus excerpts from newspaper articles, diaries, memoirs, speeches, court cases, legislation, and government documents
  • Offers a timeline of significant events related to the counterculture
  • Offers a bibliography of print and nonprint resources for student research
  • Includes glossaries, including slang for each group
  • Showcases sidebars of interesting facts and personalities

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