Heather Ann Thompson

Finalist, 2016 National Book Awards

Heather Ann Thompson is an award-winning historian at the University of Michigan. She has written on the history of mass incarceration and its current impact for The New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Dissent, New Labor Forum, and The Huffington Postas well as for various scholarly publications.
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Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Blood in the Water by Heather Thompson book cover
ISBN 9780375423222 Pantheon Books/Penguin Random House

Drawing from more than a decade of extensive research, historian Heather Ann Thompson sheds new light on every aspect of the uprising and its legacy, giving voice to all those who took part in this forty-five-year fight for justice: prisoners, former hostages, families of the victims, lawyers and judges, and state officials and members of law enforcement. Blood in the Water is the searing and indelible account of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century. More about this book >

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Heather Ann Thompson reads from Blood in the Water, 2016 NBAs Finalists Reading

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Heather Ann Thompson

Heather Ann Thompson is an award-winning historian at the University of Michigan. She has written on the history of mass incarceration and its current impact for The New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Dissent, New Labor Forum, and The Huffington Postas well as for various scholarly publications. She served on a National Academy of Sciences blue-ribbon panel that studied the causes and consequences of mass incarceration in the United States and has given congressional staff briefings on this subject. Thompson is also the author of Whose Detroit?: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City and the editor of Speaking Out: Activism and Protest in the 1960s and 1970s.

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