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Friday, September 9, 2022

On this day in 1971, inmates at the state prison in Attica, New York were frustrated with chronic overcrowding, censorship of letters and deplorable and dehumanizing living conditions, erupted in the most deadly prison uprising in the United States. It resulted in 43 deaths (39 killed by the police and prison guards who fired indiscriminately into an area where hostages were held.

  • Zinn Education Project article Sept. 9, 1971: Attica Prison Uprising
  • Showtime Documentary Attica Official Trailer (2021). 2022 Academy Award Nominee® - Best Documentary Feature. Attica details the five-day prison rebellion that transpired in the fall of 1971 in upstate New York and still stands as the largest and deadliest the country has ever witnessed. More than a simple recounting of the five days of rebellion, ATTICA will also offer a broader understanding of the Attica tragedy in the crosscurrents of politics, race, power and punishment during the early 1970s.