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American Prison response paper

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Jessica Hobbs December 10, 2011 Response Paper: American Prisons America prisons house many different people from many different backgrounds. Some are rich and some are poor, some are violent and some are nonviolent, and some are members of well-known groups or gangs while others are not. One of the groups that we have covered in class however, are African- Americans, specifically the Black Panther Party. We read “Soul on Ice” by Eldridge Cleaver, a Black Panther Party member who was arrested in the 1950s for rape and attempted assault. As a find the topics of prison and the Black Panther Party equally interesting, this final response paper will cover the topic of Black Panther Party members in prison. First, there is some important background information about the Black Panthers that should be made known before continuing. Bobby Seale and Huey Newton formed the Black Panther Party in 1966 in Oakland, California. They formed the group to protect members of the black community from police brutality and in the process, they instituted several programs for the community, such as a free food program for the hungry, and a basic health clinic for those who could not afford healthcare. FBI Director J. Edgar
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