Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 4:45pm

Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall

Award-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson will discuss her new, ground-breaking book on the Attica prison revolt.

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy was named a finalist for the National Book Award and appeared on 14 different “Best of 2016” book lists. Additionally, Blood in the Water was named one of the best human rights books of 2016.

Thompson has written extensively on the history of policing, mass incarceration and the current criminal justice system. Thompson’s piece in the Atlantic Monthly on how mass incarceration has distorted democracy in America was named a finalist for a best magazine article award in 2014.

Buffalo Street Books will provide books for sale at the event.

Event Type

Lecture, Author Appearance


American Studies Program


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Adrienne Clay

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Heather Ann Thompson

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University of Michigan

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Free & open to the public

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