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In Radical Defense of Themselves: Women Prison Organizing in the 1975 Raleigh Revolt

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dc.contributor.advisor Dorsey, Bruce
dc.contributor.advisor Azfar, Farid Jacome, Andrea 2021-08-03T17:22:06Z 2021-08-03T17:22:06Z 2013
dc.description.abstract As an intervention in the limited, male-centric historiography of prisoner organizing in the 1970s, this paper focuses on a weeklong revolt in the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women in 1975 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Developing out of the legacy of North Carolina’s homegrown tradition of Black armed resistance throughout the rise and wane of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, the women of the Raleigh Revolt challenged the respectability politics of earlier, dominant forms of Black women’s activism. The women inmates at NCCCW understood and articulated the modern day emergence of mass incarceration as a form of systemic and state-sponsored violence and physically revolted against these conditions in defensive of their livelihoods and dignity. As poor and incarcerated women, their radical public assertion of subjectivity and humanity, documented in their self-produced zine Break de Chains of U$ Slavery, contests the scholarship of prison activism in which incarcerated women are portrayed as passive victims. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of History en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.title In Radical Defense of Themselves: Women Prison Organizing in the 1975 Raleigh Revolt en_US
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