Surprisingly limited scholarship exists on the Black Panther Party, and much of that scholarship has an extremely divided view of the Party; either the Party is separatist or built alliances, either the Party is revolutionary or reformist. By studying the Black Panther newspaper in the year 1969, "The Year of the Panther," it becomes clear that the Party was all of these things. The party created alliances with a wide variety of groups while maintaining that they were a Black Power organization. It practiced revolutionary Communism while advocating reform of the American system. In short, the Black Panther Party was a complex and nuanced organization with a variety of methods which at times appeared contradictory in nature.
Bachelor of Arts in History
Date of Award
Cary-Alvarez, Jana, "Revolution or Reform: Contradictions Within the Ideology and Actions of the Black Panther Party, 1969-1970" (2014). Honors Program Theses. 10.