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    Newswire Press Photographs (23) of Attica Prison Riots. Twenty-three black-and-white press photographs of varying sizes with newswire agency stamps, date stamps, hand-written annotations and layout marks, some with printed text labels or press clippings on the versos. The photographs capture the chaotic atmosphere during and after the four-day riot and hostage situation. The riot was sparked by the killing of George Jackson two weeks prior at San Quentin Prison. On September 9, 1971, approximately half of the prison's convicts revolted and took control of the prison, taking 42 hostages. There were four days of negotiations, during which authorities agreed to 28 of the rioters' demands. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered state police to regain control of the prison, and in the aftermath, 43 people had been killed (including 33 inmates). The New York State Special Commission on Attica later wrote, "With the exception of Indian massacres in the late 19th century, the State Police assault which ended the four-day prison uprising was the bloodiest one-day encounter between Americans since the Civil War."

    Highlights from the group of photos include:

    Hostages Inside Prison
    9.75" x 8"
    New York; September 11, 1971
    Captain Frank Wald and other hostages state that they are being treated fairly.

    No Reprisals
    8.5" x 6.5"
    New York; September 10, 1971
    Commissioner Russel G. Oswald sits and negotiates with inmates.

    Show of Solidarity
    8.5" x 6.5"
    New York; September 17, 1971
    Inmates at Attica raise their fists in salute during negotiations on September 10.

    Key Point
    10.25" x 8"
    New York; September 17, 1971
    A view of the intersecting catwalks (the "Key Point") and Cellblock "D" in the background where prisoners and hostages set up their stronghold.

    Attica Dead and Wounded
    9.5" x 6.5"
    New York; September 17, 1971
    Wounded and dead prisoners lie on the catwalk following the September 13, 1971 assault by state police.

    The other photographs show scenes of inmates and police as well as the improvised shelters built at the stronghold in exercise yard "D".

    Condition: Light toning and wear, with some slight warping to some photographs. There is some writing on some of the photographs' captions, else very good.

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