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Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans
by Orissa Arend
cONTRIBUTORs Charles E. Jones and Curtis J. Austin
University of Arkansas Press, 2009
eISBN: 978-1-61075-380-7 | Cloth: 978-1-55728-896-7 | Paper: 978-1-55728-933-9
Library of Congress Classification F379.N59N42 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 323.119607307633

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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