The Prison Letters of George Jackson
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A collection of Jackson's letters from prison, Soledad Brother is an outspoken condemnation of the racism of white America and a powerful appraisal of the prison system that failed to break his spirit but eventually took his life.
Jackson's letters make palpable the intense feelings of anger and rebellion that filled black men in America's prisons in the 1960s. But even removed from the social and political firestorms of the 1960s, Jackson's story still resonates for its portrait of a man taking a stand even while locked down.
Praise For Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson…
“[George Jackson was] a talented writer, a sensitive man, a potential leader and political thinker of great persuasiveness.” —Tom Wicker, New York Times
“Jackson emerges from obscurity transformed from a precipitous, despair-ridden adolescent into a man of knowledge, passion, and control, into a demon energy of absolute commitment, into a terrible prophet.” —Washington Monthly
“When Soledad Brother was first published, many people sensed in George Jackson the successor to Malcolm X. . . . It showed Jackson, like Malcolm, developing a theory and eloquently expressing a vision of the path to African American freedom through the unity of the peoples oppressed by imperialism. This makes the book extremely dangerous—and therefore, as the author must have known (see his June 4, 1970, letter to Angela Davis), potentially his own death warrant. Though George Jackson was murdered ten months after the book was published, Soledad Brother remains a menace to the powers that killed him. —H. Bruce Franklin, author of Prison Literature in America
“A penetrating and scathing indictment of capitalist American life.” —Ebony
Lawrence Hill Books, 9781556522307, 368pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1994