America is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2010 - Social Science - 224 pages
In the 1970s, while politicians and activists outside prisons debated the proper response to crime, incarcerated people helped shape those debates though a broad range of remarkable political and literary writings.

Lee Bernstein explores the forc
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Cultural Politics of Law and Order
19
George Jackson and the Radical Critique of Incarceration
51
Reform and Repression in Prison Programs
75
Incarcerated Writers and Artists in the Black Arts Movement
99
Entertainment Liberation and the Politics of Prison Theater
129
Jack Henry Abbott and the Decline of Prison Programming
151
Conclusion
173
Notes
185
Index
215
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Lee Bernstein is chair and associate professor of history at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of The Greatest Menace: Organized Crime in Cold War America.

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