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David Ray Papke, The Black Panther Party's Narratives of Resistance, 18 Vt. L. Rev. 645 (1994)

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18 Vermont Law Review 645 (1994)


Papke’s article illustrates the power and importance of personal storytelling. To illustrate his point, Papke focuses on the personal narratives of Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver; important leaders in the development of the Black Panther Party. Papke uses their personal narratives as a means to explain their ideological underpinnings as well as their condemnation of the police department as an oppressive institution. The article also demonstrates how narratives can be illustrative of countering social pressures. In this case those interested in resisting the dominating influence of one group may benefit from the narratives of these individuals.

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