By Assata Shakur

This provides the lifestyles tale of African American innovative Shakur, formerly often called JoAnne Chesimard.

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He took one look at me and another at the crowd forming around me. "Give her the picture and get'er out of here," he told the salesgirl. Hurriedly, she sold me the picture. "All right, folks, it's all over now. " 1 took my picture and went prancing out into the daylight. 1 was feeling good. It seemed funny when i thought about it. The looks on those crakas' faces, all puffed up like balloons. 1 had a good time, laughing all the way to my grandparents' restaurant. And of course the minute i got there, i told everybody what hap­ pened.

Northern in­ dustrialists were fighting to control the economy. Before the Civil War, the northern industrial economy was largely dependent on southern cotton. The slave economy of the South was a threat to northern capitalism. What if the slaveholders of the South decided to set up factories and process the cotton themselves? Northern capitalists could not possibly compete with slave labor, and their capitalist economy would be destroyed. To ensure that this didn't happen, the North went to war.

The only good thing was that there was anoth er Black kid in the class. The teacher put us in the back, next to each other. His name was David' something, but i called him David Peacan. The teacher was one of those military types and her classes resembled boot camp. , to use. She permit­ ted no talking and gave tons of homework. Her punishment for everything was extra homework. Whenever somebody got caught talking or doing anything she disapproved of, she gave extra home­ work. When you didn't have your homework, she gave extra home­ work.

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