The Almighty Black P Stone Nation by Natalie Y. Moore
The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang

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In gangster lore, the Almighty Black P Stone Nation stands out among the most notorious street gangs. But how did teens from a poverty–stricken Chicago neighborhood build a powerful organization that united 21 individual gangs into a virtual nation?


Natalie Y. Moore and Lance Williams answer this and other questions in a provocative tale that features a colorful cast of characters from white do-gooders, black nationalists, and community organizers to overzealous law enforcement. The U.S. government funded the Nation. Louis Farrakahn hired the gang—renamed the El Rukns in a tribute to Islam—as his Angels of Death. Fifteen years before 9/11, the government convicted the gang of plotting terrorist acts with Libyan leader Mu’ammar Gadhafi; currently, founding member Jeff Fort is serving a triple life sentence.


An exciting story about the evolution of a gang, the book is an exposé of how minority crime is targeted as well as a timely look at urban violence


About Natalie Y. Moore

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Natalie Y. Moore reports on issues of race for Chicago Public Radio. Her work has appeared in Essence, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She is coauthor of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. The son of a former Vice Lords gang member, Lance Williams is an assistant professor at Northeastern Illinois University, the assistant director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, and a youth advocate and activist.
Published January 6, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 309 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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While the group expanded, they benefited from alliances with well-intentioned churches and the social services spurred by Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” Predictably, this enraged the Chicago police and the FBI, who by 1968 were convinced the Rangers would be the armed vanguard of revolutionar...

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This fascinating account of the notorious Chicago gang dissects not only gang culture but America's convoluted approach to the "war on terror."

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