Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era

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$29.95
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
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Pages
424
Dimensions
6.22 X 9.27 X 1.04 inches | 1.34 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781469629797

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About the Author

Dan Berger is an assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell. His work on race, prisons, media, and American social movements has appeared widely in popular and scholarly journals. He is the author of Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press (2014). Berger is also the author or editor of three previous books: Letters From Young Activists, Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity, and The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism. A longtime activist, Berger is a cofounder of Decarcerate PA.

Reviews

Berger undoubtedly achieves his overarching goal: to tell the story of the 'multifaceted rebellions that occurred in and through America's prisons.'--Punishment and Society


[An] impressive account of black prison activism.--Public Books


Multidimensional analysis that takes into account feminist, queer, and multiethnic lenses.--Journal of American History


Demonstrates convincingly that historians in diverse areas and fields must reckon with [incarceration as a] defining feature of American life.--American Historical Review


A provocative and compelling history of black activism in the US prison system." --CHOICE


Finally affords the civil rights era the attention it deserves as a critical point on the historical arc of race and incarceration in America.--The Sixties


Captive Nation is a bold reconsideration of the role of prisons and African-American prisoners spanning the southern Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s, Black Power and the New Left, and the Black Nationalist renaissance of the 1970s.--Against the Current


An important history." --Truthout


Helps connect the broader scholarship on black freedom struggles with a largely taken for granted segment of the activist population, prisoners.--Journal of Social History


Thanks to Dan Berger's illuminating book . . . we can no longer tell the history of the black freedom struggle--and the 20th-century United States more broadly--without taking into account the organizing tradition inside prisons.--Elizabeth Hinton, The Nation


Dan Berger's analysis offers an opportunity to consider the ways that incarcerated African Americans, primarily during the 1970s, insisted that we consider the ways that prisons implicated state power in the production of racial inequality.--The Black Scholar

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