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From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago

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In this comprehensive history of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (ILBPP), Chicago native Jakobi Williams demonstrates that the city's Black Power movement was both a response to and an extension of the city's civil rights movement. Williams focuses on the life and violent death of Fred Hampton, a charismatic leader who served as president of the NAACP Youth ...more
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published February 28th 2013 by University of North Carolina Press
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Alan Mills
May 18, 2014 Alan Mills rated it it was amazing
Very nice history of the Illinois Black Panther Party, from its origins as a student movement, to the assassination of Fred Hampton. The authors sets this history in the context of racism in Chicago, and the rise of the Democratic machine, which set the stage for violent self-defense in the black community.

Also does a really nice job of pulling in the strands of the rainbow coalition: Young Lords, Young Patriot Organization, Rising Up angry, and several others.

Finally, makes a brief analysis of
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Brion Miller
Aug 14, 2013 Brion Miller rated it it was amazing
Great Book...Glad to learn more about the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party
Rick
Jan 25, 2016 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“From the Bullet to the Ballot” by Jakobi Williams is a history of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, which was founded in 1966 and disbanded in 1974. With the killing of the Illinois chapter leader Fred Hampton in late 1969, the Illinois Black Panther party had largely passed its zenith. As many of today’s younger readers have little knowledge of this period of the Black Power movement and the major players in the tale, this book fills a void.

I suspect many scared citizens in Chi
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