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Huey and Bobby raised enough money to buy two shotguns by buying bulk quantities of the recently publicized Little Red Book and reselling them to leftist radicals and liberal intellectuals on the Berkeley campus at three times the price.
According to Bobby Seale, they would "sell the books, make the money, buy the guns, and go on the streets with the guns.
Black Panther Party membership reached a peak in 1970, with offices in 68 cities and thousands of members, then suffered a series of contractions.
After being vilified by the mainstream press, public support for the party waned, and the group became more isolated.
In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members.
Though under constant police surveillance, the Chicago chapter remained active and maintained their community programs until 1974.
The history of the Black Panther Party is controversial.
In formulating a new politics, they drew on their experiences working with a variety of Black Power organizations.
Eventually dissatisfied with Warden’s accommodation-ism, they developed a revolutionary anti-imperialist perspective working with more active and militant groups like the Soul Students Advisory Council and the Revolutionary Action Movement.