Assata

Assata

An Autobiography

Book - 2001
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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: Chicago, Ill. : L. Hill Books, c2001
ISBN: 9781556520747
1556520743
Call Number: B Sh159a 2001
TEEN B SHAK 2001
Characteristics: xviii, 274 p. ; 24 cm

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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 o... Read More »


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mireezi
Jan 23, 2017

Assata deserves her freedom. She has been falsely prosecuted on the basis of being a threat to the United States. This book gives an in-depth look into her life before and after becoming a revolutionary. Let Assata take you into a journey of American history that will not be taught to our children. (Just because it's white doesn't mean it's clean.)

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