Silent Guns, Blazing Rhetoric: A Narrative History of the Black Panther Party of Boston.
MacLaury, Duncan H.
- This senior honors thesis for the Department of History explores the Black Panther Party of Boston. Between 1968 and 1972 the Boston chapter of the Black Panther Party was active in the city, centered in the African American community primarily in Roxbury. This work is twofold. First, it is a study of a non-studied branch of the Party, bringing to light much of the character of the Boston Panthers... read more. It also provides a stepping stone for those scholars wishing to pursue further research on the Black Panther Party of Boston. The second main objective of this work is the redefining of Panther historiography through a lens of social programs rather than violence. The Black Panther Party, in both common conception and scholarship, has been too focused on the violent aspects of the Party. This work serves as a new model of Panther historiography, one focused on those aspectsand branchesof the Party least discussed. The Boston Panthers are little remembered because they engaged in no shoot outs with police, and kept safe from the assassin's bullets of FBI-planned raids. But, these qualities are a positive to the branch, not a negative. The situation of the Boston branch, in addition, helps Panther historiography by providing this new framework for an understudied, but incredibly important, Black Panther Party chapter.read less