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Black Panthers: Reform or Revolution?

In the early 1970s, the Black Panther Party split into two factions.  The reformist wing was led by Huey Newton, and the revolutionary wing by Eldridge Cleaver.  

Using the readings from Weeks 4-6, write a dialogue of roughly 1750 words (include the word count) between Newton and Cleaver, dated in roughly 1970, which focuses on how to interpret Marx. 

Address the following points:

  1.  What are the specific circumstances that the black community faces that need to be changed?   2. Is the proper and most effective interpretation of Marx the one offered by Lenin and the other revolutionaries? Or by those reformers who believed that oppression and exploitation could be solved peacefully, working within the existing system?  3. What are the drawbacks of each approach?   4. Which strategy is most likely to work to the benefit of the black people?  

Be sure to use all the relevant readings and address all the points above.  Due Monday March 21st in class.


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Race Riots paper Spring 2016

GOV 291 Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions Spring 2016

In roughly 1250 words (not many fewer than that), address the following.

Do some research on one of the race riots discussed in the readings for Weeks 2 and 3; specifically, use at least 3 sources not assigned in class.

  1. What were the long-term causes?
  2. What was the precipitating factor(s)?
  3. What role did the media play?
  4. Was the state complicit?  In what way?
  5. Did the “color line” play a role?
  6. Was it a riot, or more one community attacking another?

Due Friday Feb. 12 in the ART/GOV office, third floor of Main Hall.  Emailed papers not accepted.  For more information on how your paper will be graded, see this link.

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