Louisiana

Albert Woodfox Black Panther and Prison Organiser in his own words

Albert Woodfox a Black Panther member in Louisiana helped found the Angola Prison chapter of the party to help organise prisoners and resist violence and exploitation from the guards. In retaliation he was forced to spend over 44 years in solitary confinement. The longest solitary confinement term given out in the US prison system.

The Rise and Fall of the Angola Prison Chapter of the Black Panther Party: Herman Wallace

Wallace Wilkerson and Woodfox, the three leading Black Panther Militants

A short history of the forming of the only Black Panther Party chapter in prison, its actions and the repression dealt to its militants by prison authorities.

Contains references to sexual violence.

The German coast uprising of 1811

A modern painting of the 1811 revolt

A short history of possibly the largest slave uprising in the United States, in Louisiana in 1811, written by Rhae Lynn Barnes.

The Brotherhood of Timber Workers 1910-1913: A radical response to industrial capitalism in the southern USA

A journal article by James R. Green on the the violent struggle between the Brotherhood of Timber Workers (BTW) and the lumber companies of Louisiana and Texas in 1911 and 1912. The Brotherhood, which joined the IWW in 1912, recruited thousands of black and white labourers in an era characterized by increasing social segregation and racial repression.

The Thibodaux massacre, 1887

Louisiana cane cutters circa 1880

One of the most interesting, and probably least known events in Louisiana history is the Thibodaux Massacre of 1887, the second most bloody labor dispute in U.S. history.