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Showdown in Desire
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Through interviews with many individuals involved with the Black Panther Party in New Orleans in 1970, including Robert H. King, one of the Angola 3, Showdown in Desire tells the story of 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxvii-xxxiii
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  1. I. Bullets and Breakfast on Piety Street
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Desire and the Panthers
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. The Panther, The “Mayor of Desire,” and the Mayor’s Special Assistant
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. 3. Remembering and Forgetting
  2. pp. 23-27
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  1. 4. The Nuts and Bolts of Infiltration
  2. pp. 29-38
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  1. 5. Moving the System
  2. pp. 39-45
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  1. 6. The “Kidnapping” of Ronald Ailsworth
  2. pp. 47-49
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  1. 7. A Pig or Officer Friendly?
  2. pp. 51-53
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  1. 8. Just before the Shootout
  2. pp. 55-67
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  1. 9. The Shootout
  2. pp. 69-78
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  1. 10. After the Shootout
  2. pp. 79-87
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  1. II. Desire Heats Up
  2. p. 89
  1. 11. The Rematch
  2. pp. 91-94
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  1. 12. This Time We Ain’t Movin’
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. 13. The Massacre that Almost Occurred
  2. pp. 101-111
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  1. 14. The Day after the Standoff, Revelations in a Pig’s Eye, Kinship, and Luck
  2. pp. 113-117
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  1. 15. Double Dirty Tricks
  2. pp. 119-129
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  1. 16. The Year After: Did the Panthers Make a Difference or Were the People “Tricked as Usual”?
  2. pp. 131-135
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  1. 17. Panthers and Principles on Trial: “Somebody Has to Not Have Fear”
  2. pp. 137-145
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  1. 18. “Better Off in the Penitentiary”
  2. pp. 147-149
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  1. III. Prisoners and Those Who Love Them
  2. p. 151
  1. 19. The Escapees—Now Known as the Angola Three—and the Panthers
  2. pp. 155-163
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  1. 20. “The Mayor” Goes to Prison
  2. pp. 165-167
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  1. 21. Geronimo ji Jaga
  2. pp. 169-171
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  1. IV. Making Sense of It
  2. p. 173
  1. 22. Where Have All the Panthers Gone?
  2. pp. 175-182
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  1. 23. Grits, Not Guns: The Panther Legacy
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. 24. And Then Came Katrina
  2. pp. 191-202
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 203-209
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  1. Image Plates
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. Appendix A. Cast of Characters
  2. pp. 213-216
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  1. Appendix B. October 1966 Black Panther Party Platform and Program
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Appendix C. Eight Points of Attention
  2. p. 221
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  1. Appendix D. Three Main Rules of Discipline
  2. p. 222
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. 227
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-242
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  1. Suggested Reading and Viewing
  2. pp. 243-253
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-269
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
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