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Author Bernstein, Lee, 1967- author

Title America is the prison : arts and politics in prison in the 1970s / Lee Bernstein
Published Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, [2010]
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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
Summary 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 Movement, the Nuyorican writers, "New Journalism," and political theater, among the most important aesthetic contributions of the decade
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Arts and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Arts -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Arts, American -- 20th century.
Prisoners as artists -- United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0807898325 (electronic bk.)
1469604043 (electronic bk.)
9780807898321 (electronic bk.)
9781469604046 (electronic bk.)
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