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


Today, I’m talking with Dr. Heather Ann Thompson about her definitive book on the Attica uprising entitled, “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy”.

The New York Times Book Review says it’s, “A masterly account . . . Essential . . . Blood in the Water restores [the prisoners’] struggle to its rightful place in our collective memory.”

Also, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, says, “Blood in the Water is extraordinary—a true gift to the written history of civil rights and racial justice struggles in America.”

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is an award-winning historian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

She written on the history and current crises of mass incarceration for numerous popular and scholarly publications. Her work can be found in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, Huffington Post, and Dissent.

Most recently, “Blood in the Water” has been longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award.


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Here is a chronological list of the songs played on the episode. Click the links to purchase.

  1. Behind Enemy Lines – Dead Prez
  2. Claimin’ I’m a Criminal – Brand Nubian
  3. Do Your Time – Ludacris
  4. County Jail – Nipsey Hussle
  5. Last Words – Nas


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