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Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era

Dan Berger


This book offers a reconsideration of twentieth-century black activism, the prison system, and the origins of mass incarceration. Throughout the civil rights era, radical black activists thrust the prison into public view, turning prisoners into symbols of racial oppression while arguing that confinement was an inescapable part of black life in America. Arguing that the prison was the central focus of the black radical imagination from the 1950s through the 1980s, the book traces the rich and important history of this political struggle, which established prisoners as symbols of blackness at a ... More

Keywords: black activism, prison system, mass incarceration, civil rights, black activists, race, nation, Black Panther Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618241
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618241.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Berger, author
Univeristy of Washington Bothell