Why 1,300 Inmates Rioted at Attica Prison in 1971

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Saving in to crush riot; National Guardsmen wearing gas masks prepare to storm Cellblock D; the stronghold of the rebellious convicts at Attica; N.Y.; state prison.

Historian Heather Ann Thompson discusses her new book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, a detailed account of the prison uprising when nearly 1,300 prisoners took control of the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate NY to protest years of abuse. She details the state’s violent response, previously unreleased facts and the victims’ fight for justice in the 45 years since.

Events: Heather Ann Thompson will be in conversation with Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad at New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, September 15th at 7 p.m., she'll be in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates at Roosevelt House (47-49 East 65th Street).