Radicals: Enigmatic Angela

Angela in handcuffs remained no less enigmatic than Angela on the lam.

When FBI agents captured Angela Davis in a Manhattan motel last week, it seemed that the denouement of the mystery surrounding the striking, cerebral young radical might be near. Instead, the plot only thickened. Along with Angela, federal agents arrested David Poindexter, a black Chicagoan with known Communist ties. They also introduced another new, if slightly aging, character into the drama—the Communist Party, U.S.A. The result was a baffling mixture of Old Left and New, with Angela the pivotal figure.

Angela was wanted by California authorities for allegedly supplying...

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