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America is the prison : arts and politics in prison in the 1970s

Author: Lee Bernstein
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, ©2010.
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Bernstein explores the forces that sparked a dramatic "prison art renaissance" in the 1970s, when incarcerated people produced powerful works of writing, performance, and visual art. An extraordinary range of prison programs--fine arts, theater, secondary education, and prisoner-run programs--allowed the voices of prisoners such as George Jackson, Miguel Pinero, and Jack Henry Abbott to influence the Black Arts  Read more...
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Bernstein, Lee, 1967-
America is the prison.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009049999
(OCoLC)441211721
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Bernstein
ISBN: 9780807898321 0807898325 9781469604046 1469604043
OCLC Number: 658201602
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 224 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
We shall have order : the cultural politics of law and order --
The age of Jackson : George Jackson and the radical critique of incarceration --
What works? : reform and repression in prison programs --
We took the weight : incarcerated writers and artists in the Black Arts movement --
Cell block theater : entertainment, liberation, and the politics of prison theater --
Radical chic : Jack Henry Abbott and the decline of prison programming --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Lee Bernstein.

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