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Assata: An Autobiography
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Chicago Review Pr
Publication date October 1, 1987
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781556520747
ISBN-10 1556520743
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $18.95
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Summary
The author, formerly known as JoAnne Chesimard, relates the formative experiences of her youth that led her to a life of activism in Black nationalist organizations and, eventually, to prison (view table of contents)
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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.

 


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780882082219
 
from Lawrence Hill Books (December 1, 1987)
9780882082219 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $18.95
About: The author, formerly known as JoAnne Chesimard, relates the formative experiences of her youth that led her to a life of activism in Black nationalist organizations and, eventually, to prison
Paperback
Book cover for 9780862327576 Book cover for 9781556520747
 
from Gardners Books (March 1, 1988)
9780862327576 | details & prices | 288 pages | List price $26.25
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from Chicago Review Pr (October 1, 1987)
9781556520747 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $18.95
About: The author, formerly known as JoAnne Chesimard, relates the formative experiences of her youth that led her to a life of activism in Black nationalist organizations and, eventually, to prison

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