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Assata : an autobiography

Author: Assata Shakur
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : L. Hill, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shakur, Assata.
Assata.
Westport, Conn. : L. Hill, ©1987
(OCoLC)651862646
Named Person: Assata Shakur; Assata Shakur
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Assata Shakur
ISBN: 0882082213 9780882082219 0882082221 9780882082226 0862327563 9780862327569 0862327571 9780862327576 1556520743 9781556520747
OCLC Number: 16713906
Description: xiv, 274 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: by Assata Shakur.

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"On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder. This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou. Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides."--Publisher's description.

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