America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s (Paperback)
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America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 30/03/2016
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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 forces that sparked a dramatic ""prison art renaissance,"" shedding light on how incarcerated people produced powerful works of writing, performance, and visual art. These included everything from George Jackson's revolutionary Soledad Brother to Miguel Pinero's acclaimed off-Broadway play and Hollywood film Short Eyes. An extraordinary range of prison programs - fine arts, theater, secondary education, and prisoner-run programs - allowed the voices of prisoners to influence the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican writers, ""New Journalism,"" and political theater, among the most important aesthetic contributions of the decade.

By the 1980s and '90s, prisoners' educational and artistic programs were scaled back or eliminated as the ""war on crime"" escalated. But by then these prisoners' words had crossed over the wall, helping many Americans to rethink the meaning of the walls themselves and, ultimately, the meaning of the society that produced them.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807871171
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm


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America Is the Prison is a solid compliment to emerging literature on the history of U.S. imprisonment....Bernstein affords a rare view of the penal process from within, as seen by some of its most eloquent critics.--The Journal of American History

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