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America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s

Lee Bernstein


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. This book 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— ... More

Keywords: prison art renaissance, prisons, visual art, George Jackson, Saledad Brother, Miguel Pinero, Short Eyes, Black Arts Movement, New Journalist, Nuyorican writers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833872
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807898321_bernstein


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee Bernstein, author