Attica prison uprising

On the morning of 9 September 1971 the inmates at Attica took control of the prison. Holding guards as hostages, the men negotiated in good faith seeking redress of the shocking conditions inside the prison.

We are joined by HEATHER ANN THOMPSON to discuss her book about Attica and we feature an interview from our archives with the late SPLITTING THE SKY, a central figure in the uprising.

Episode: 018 Attica prison uprising
Date: 7 April 2021 | Length: 69:44

Briefing Notes

Thompson. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon 2016) [more of Heather’s work here]
Sam Melville’s An Anatomy of the Laundry (Attica pamphlet 1971)
Attica Manifesto (1971) in Mariame Kaba’s Attica primer

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