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America Is the PrisonArts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s$
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Lee Bernstein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833872

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898321_bernstein

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We Took the Weight Incarcerated Writers and Artists in the Black Arts Movement

We Took the Weight Incarcerated Writers and Artists in the Black Arts Movement

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America Is the Prison

Lee Bernstein

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the time when prison rehabilitative efforts seemed too narrow to the point where trying to scare people straight was the most visible prison program in the country. At the same time, alternative visions of prison life found numerous venues for expression and distribution. The work of prison writers appeared in small distribution publications such as the Fortune Society's Fortune News and Joseph Bruchac's Greenfield Review. Some found their work picked up by specialty houses such as Dudley Randall's Broadside Press, major university presses, and even some trade publishers. Perhaps the greatest incubators and benefactors of prison culture during the 1970s, however, were the movements for cultural nationalism among African Americans and Latinos.

Keywords:   prison rehabilitative efforts, prison program, prison life, prison writers, small distribution publications

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