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About the Book

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.

Edition Notes

Genre
Biography.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973/.0496073024
Library of Congress
E185.97.S53 A3 1987

The Physical Object

Pagination
xiv, 274 p. ;
Number of pages
274

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2394164M
Internet Archive
assataautobiogra00shak
ISBN 10
0882082213, 0882082221
LC Control Number
87023772
Library Thing
76534
Goodreads
958847
958846
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