Today on The Stacks we discuss the book that inspired this podcast, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson. We’re joined by Derecka Purnell (activist and author of the forthcoming Becoming Abolitionists) to delve into this Pulitzer Prize winning book; the coverup, the legacy, and the ways we rely on a superficial notion of justice.
There are minor spoilers on this episode.
Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out our book club pick for October!
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Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes. You can also find everything we talked about on Amazon.
- Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson
- Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell
- Frank “Big Black” Smith
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Black Radical Tradition by Ben Mabie, Erin Grey, and Asad Haider
- “The controversial 1994 crime law that Joe Biden helped write, explained” (German Lopez, Vox.com)
- “Auburn Prisoners Hold 50 Hostages Eight Hours” (Martin Arnold Special to The New York Times)
- George Jackson
- America on Fire by Elizabeth Hinton
- Sherrilyn Ifill
- Constance Baker Motley
- Shirley Chisholm
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- Al Sharpton
- Louis Farrakhan
- Shaun King
- Ben Crump
- Wesley Lowery
- Clint Smith
- The Atlantic
- The Founders of Black Lives Matter
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- Cori Bush
- Maxine Waters
- Don Lemon
- Tim Scott
- The Fortune Society
- DeAnna Hoskin
- No New Jails NYC
- Desmond Meade
- Norris Henderson
- Malcolm X
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Medgar Evers
- Elijah Muhammad
- Thurgood Marshall
- Mumia Abu-Jamal
- Assata Shakur
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Nelson Mandela
- Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
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