Writing for the Revolution: Publishing and Designing Black Power Books

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Abstract

Books by and about global figures of revolution, including Mao Tse-tung, Frantz Fanon, Fidel Castro, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and Malcolm X, were a signature feature of leftist radicalism in the decade after the mid-1960s. Translated into many tongues, sold cheaply as pocket-sized paperbacks, and produced by an assortment of institutions—from large publishing houses to left-wing presses and experimental
grassroots organizations—they were one coil in the global circuitry of opposition. Books were a strand of this period's activism, one of the ways that nascent liberation movements exchanged ideas and strategies, and protest was advanced through print. But how were these books designed, and for what audience of imagined readers?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSignal 08
Subtitle of host publicationA Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture
EditorsJosh MacPhee, Alec Dunn
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPM Press
Pages92-131
Number of pages21
Volume08
ISBN (Print)9781629635668
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

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