Womanhood In The Black Panther Analysis

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Lumsden, Linda. 2009. "Good Mothers with Guns: Framing Black
Womanhood in the Black Panther, 1968-1980." Journalism & Mass
Communication Quarterly 86, no. 4: 900-922. Education Full Text
(H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost (accessed February 15, 2018).

1. What is the author's thesis (main argument)?
The author’s thesis discusses how a social media movement can create and maintain a group’s identity and help counter the hegemonic media through positive imagery. The author seeks evidence showing that the women in the Black Panther Party are part of the historical black female resistance and argues that they do not get the credit they deserve in the Black feminist movement. The author uses the Black Panther Party’s newspaper from 1968-1980 as the main
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The author discusses how the newspaper had a misogynistic mindset in its earlier years but the newspaper also became a strong image of a black feminism. The author discusses the image of the Black Panther Party as a group of gun toting black men in leather but the author shows evidence in the newspaper showing that underneath all of the radical beliefs there was a strong powerful women’s movement in the party. The author discusses how the women in the Black Panther Party are often a forgotten member of the feminist movement. Black women were not depicted as the mammies or as the sexual objects like they in most of the popular culture of those times. Women were portrayed as warriors with guns and knives posing like their male counterparts. The newspaper would regularly use images of strong black historical women like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. The author also discusses that the women in the newspaper nationally endorsed Shirley Chisholm for president during…show more content…
How would you characterize the range of books and writings analyzed in this article? Is the article analyzing around a dozen books or entire schools of thought (hundred or more books footnoted)? Were all of the books published within the last few decades? Is the author examining works from a certain author or period of time?
The information from this essay was well written and used a variety of different sources to back up their thesis. The majority of the books were a couple of decades old but the author was using books written describing different individuals oral history about experience during that time.
4. Propose a research question for a history research project that would make a contribution to the literature discussed in the historiographical essay.
The history research question project would make a contribution to the literature discussed in this historiographical essay would be “Has the toxic stress of the middle passage effect today’s African
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