Title

The creation of Huey P. Newton

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Advisor's Name

William O. Walker III

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Clarence Taylor

Third Advisor's Name

Alexander Lichtenstein

Date of Defense

4-4-2002

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the creation of Huey P. Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party in 1966. I argued that Huey P. Newton was a creation of several elements: the black ghetto of Oakland; the rise of Black Power and the death of non-violence in the civil rights movement; the New Left and its factions; and, the Black Panther Party through the "Free Huey" campaign. The "Free Huey" campaign that arose from Newton's imprisonment in 1968, constructed an iconic image of Newton that he inherited on his release in 1970. This study will contextualize Newton and refute the claims of Hugh Pearson, author of the 1994, The Shadow of the Panther, who deemed Newton as a common criminal, not worthy of historical debate.

Identifier

FI14051861

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