"Introduction: Democracy and Captivity" in The New Abolitionists: (Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings




James, Joy

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State University of New York Press


The New Abolitionists presents a collection of essays and interviews that provide a frank look at the nature and purposes of prisons in the United States from the perspective of the prisoners. Written by Native American, African American, Latino, Asian, and European American prisoners, the book examines captivity and democracy, the racial "other", gender and violence, and the stigma of suspect humanity. Contributors to the volume include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pancho Aguila, Charles Baxter, Alan Berkman, Philip Berrigan, Wayne Brown, Marilyn Buck, Holley Cantine, Tony Chatman-Bey, Angela Y. Davis, Susie Day, Leslie DiBenedetto, Bill Dunne, Antonio Fernandez (King Tone), Sylvester Gaither, David Gilbert, Amy Goodman, George Jackson, Geronimo ji Jaga (Elmer Pratt), H. B. Johnson, Jr., Heike Kleffner, Drew Leder, Raymond Luc Levasseur, Ed Mead, Mark Medley, Jalil Muntaqim, Viet Mike Ngo, Imari Abubakari Obadele I, Prince Imari A. Obadele (Shemuel ben-Yahweh), Bernard Phillips, Dachine Rainer, Little Rock Reed, Dylan Rodriguez, Susan Rosenberg, Paul St. John, Tiyo Attallah Salah-El, Shaka Sankofa (Gary Graham), Jeremy Scahill, Assata Shakur, Donald Thompson, Selvyn Tillett, Karen Wald, Laura Whitehorn, John Woodland, Jr. and Yaki (James Sayles).


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James, Joy. "Introduction: Democracy and Captivity." The New Abolitionists: (Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings. Ed. Joy James. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. xxi-xlii.