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Angela Davis An Autobiography by Angela Davis is Angela Davis telling her own story. She was a radical of the 1960s and 1970s era and a part of the Black Liberation movement. She was also a member of the Communist Party. She fought for what she believed in, despite the fact of her incarceration and trial from 1970 to 1972. Angela Davis fought against the political repression of the state and thousands of its citizens. She was still a member of the Communist Party in 1988.

This was the book that Angela Davis was not in a hurry to write. She did not want to make herself appear different than other black women. Her life was shaped by the same forces that shaped the lives of millions of other people and she did not want to obscure this fact. Her way of dealing with these forces was through activism and membership in the Communist Party. She hesitated in writing this book because she did not want it to detract from the movement and the politics of the situation. When she decided to write the book, she decided it would be a political autobiography that told the story of the people, the events, and the forces that brought her to where she was. Davis wanted people to understand the movement and why people felt they had no choice but to sacrifice for the movement.

From her beginnings in Birmingham, Alabama to her inclusion on the FBI's list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, Angela Davis tells her story. She describes the influences on her life and why she made the choices and decisions that she made. She felt a need to be involved in the Black Liberation Movement and to fight for those who were being repressed and abused. This is how she came into contact with the Soledad Brothers and others who were repressed.

Her involvement with radical elements began when she attended high school in New York City. She joined a group called Advance, which had members who were the children of Communists. This is how she began to learn about the Party. She thought long and hard about joining the Communist Party, which she did in 1968. She had traveled outside of the country and was able to compare capitalism and socialism. She thought that the Communist Party provided a way for the liberation of blacks.

She had to go underground because the weapons used by Jonathan Jackson in a Marin County courtroom were registered in her name. Thus began her journey through the prison and court system, which attracted international support for her. In the end, she is found not guilty of all charges.

This is a good book for people who want to learn about the woman and her involvement in the black and Communist movements. Angela explains her reasons and feeling for doing what she did.

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