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Framing the Black Panthers : the spectacular rise of a Black power icon

Author: Jane Rhodes
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work is a look at how the Black Panthers became symbols of black militancy in America. The Sixties may be over, but the Black Panthers, the ultimate symbol of black power, radical inspiration, and the excesses of the decade, live on. Books on the Panthers continue to be written, hip-hop artists continue to draw inspiration from them, and so many films are made about the Panthers that there is now an annual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Rhodes
ISBN: 9781565849617 1565849612
OCLC Number: 86117439
Description: x, 404 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Forty years in hindsight: the Black Panthers in popular memory --
Black America in the public sphere --
Becoming media subjects --
Revolutionary culture and the politics of self-representation --
Free Huey: 1968 --
A trial of the Black Liberation Movement --
From campus celebrity to radical chic --
Servants of the people: the Black Panthers as national and global icons --
The rise and fall of a media frenzy: the 1970s.
Responsibility: Jane Rhodes.
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This work is a look at how the Black Panthers became symbols of black militancy in America. The Sixties may be over, but the Black Panthers, the ultimate symbol of black power, radical inspiration, and the excesses of the decade, live on. Books on the Panthers continue to be written, hip-hop artists continue to draw inspiration from them, and so many films are made about the Panthers that there is now an annual Black Panther film festival. In this book the author, a cultural historian examines the extraordinary staying power of the Panthers in the American imagination by probing their relationship to the media. She argues that once the media and pop culture latched onto the small, militant group, the Panthers became adept at exploiting and manipulating this coverage, through pamphlets, buttons, posters, ubiquitous press appearances, and photo ops, pioneering a sophisticated version of mass media activism. Paradoxically, the news media participated in the government campaign to eradicate the Panthers while simultaneously elevating them to a celebrity status that remains long after their demise.

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