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Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans (Hardback)
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Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans (Hardback)

(author), (foreword), (author of introduction)
£32.50
Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 28/02/2009
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This title offers a look back at a powerful moment in New Orleans' history. ""Showdown in Desire"" portrays the Black Panther Party in New Orleans in 1970, a year that included a shootout with the police on Piety Street, the creation of survival programs, and the daylong standoff between the Panthers and the police in the Desire housing development. Through interviews with Malik Rahim, the Panther; Robert H. King, Panther and member of the Angola 3; Larry Preston Williams, the black policeman; Moon Landrieu, the mayor; Henry Faggen, the Desire resident; Robert Glass, the white lawyer; Jerome LeDoux, the black priest; William Barnwell, the white priest; and, many others, Orissa Arend tells a nuanced story that unfolds amid guns, tear gas, desperate poverty, oppression, and inflammatory rhetoric to capture the palpable spirit of rebellion, resistance, and revolution of an incendiary summer in New Orleans.

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 9781557288967
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm


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"An illuminating look at the Black Panther Party's history in New Orleans, the turbulent racial climate of New Orleans in the 1960s, and the founding of the local party, which was committed to challenging discriminatory white political-power structures."

--Times-Picayune


"Orissa Arend's Showdown in Desire is a fascinating story that documents the history of the Black Panther party chapter in New Orleans. The author's objective, which she accomplishes, is to allow former participants to tell the story of the New Orleans Panthers to provide a more holistic perspective of the party and the issues (racism, police brutality, and poverty) that it combated. In addition, the author tells this story to generate greater awareness of a post-Katrina New Orleans that is still ravaged by the same problems that the Panthers fought forty years ago. One of the standout features of this work is that Arend uses over twenty interviews to help tell the story of the New Orleans Panthers. Arend's interviews range from former Panthers to high-ranking city officials to police officers (including two who infiltrated the party). Furthermore, the work fills a void in the historiography on the Black Panther party, as very few works examine southern chapters of the party."

--Journal of American History, March 2010


"Orissa Arend has forced us to see these self-defense militants from every point of view imaginable. Moving, informative, and in places side-splittingly funny, Showdown in Desire restores to Technicolor memory a chapter of civil rights history too often neglected. The book deserves a wide audience."

--Lawrence N. Powell, Tulane University


"Orissa Arend has done her homework . . . she has managed to help disseminate and preserve the legacy of the Black Panther party, more specifically, the New Orleans chapter."

--Robert H. King, a.k.a Robert King Wilkerson, freed member of the Angola 3 and author of From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King

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