Nation: The Panthers on Trial

WHATEVER other grievances they may have, the Black Panthers can hardly claim to have been ignored since their party was founded in 1966. Perhaps never have so few would-be revolutionaries made such an impact on so many in so short a time. The Justice Department estimates that there are barely 1,000 Panthers in the entire U.S. Yet an appeal by Panther leaders to protesters to come to the aid of Panther Chairman Bobby Seale created a potential confrontation in New Haven.

Though Panther marshals played an important role in keeping the peace in New...

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