Huey Newton and the Black Panthers

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Huey Newton’s Imprisonment and the Fall of the Black Panthers

How did Huey P. Newton’s imprisonment in 1968 affect the decline in effectiveness and eventual end of the Black Panther Party?

During Huey P. Newton’s imprisonment in 1968, many people rushed to join the black panther party, this influx of fresh members along with the absence of the main founder of the party created a lack of discipline within the party and eventually lead to fragmentation within the party; once Newton was released, his new found fame and fear along with heightened expectations of him crippled his effectiveness as a leader and led to infighting and a loss of comradery within the party.

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IB History of the Americas

A. Plan of Investigation

The Black Panther Party was an African American Nationalist group, founded by Huey Newton in 1966, contributed to protecting African Americans from police brutality and to improve the quality of life within the African American community. In 1968, Huey Newton was convicted for the voluntary manslaughter of an Oakland Police officer and sentenced to prison; the conviction was eventually repealed in late 1970. In the 1970s, the Party was plagued with schisms, infighting, and legal issues which eventually led to the dissolve of the Black Panther Party in 1982. However, how did Newton’s imprisonment affect the decline of the Black Panther Party? The purpose of this investigation is to analyze the changes in the Black Panther Party that resulted from Newton’s jail time. This investigation will mainly focus on the effect of Huey Newton post prison activities and the effect of Newton’s imprisonment on the rest of the party. This investigation will not, however, elaborate on COINTELPRO’s attempts to destroy the party or the resignation of Elaine Brown from the party. This investigation draws from two primary sources. The first is from a leader of the Black Panther Party, David Hilliard’s autobiography. The second is from Huey...
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