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In the early 70s, Black Panther freedom rider Assata Shakur chronicles her life from the moment where she is brutally beaten by police off the New Jersey turnpike. They suspected her and a few other activists of murdering a state trooper. The book opens with a gruesome, bloody, detailed account of the assault. Like many Black Panthers, she becomes a political prisoner and is subsequently tortured by police and corrections officers.
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Assata Shakur attempted to spend time in her cell exercising, reading, writing, and reflecting, but whenever the sheriff or some other authority figure saw her not suffering, they forced her to stop all activity. They moved her from jail to jail and repeatedly denied her rights. She spent four years behind bars without a conviction.

After she was finally convicted in a highly contested case, she plotted her escape...
Best part of story, including ending: It is hard to believe she survived and kept her sanity.

Best scene in story: When she argues with the female sheriff about her right to workout

Opinion about the main character: Her perseverance and her resolve

The review of this Book prepared by Shauntrice Martin

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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Black    -   American (general) Gender/Class story?    -   woman's story If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Ethnicity    -   Black Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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