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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi...aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu ... From: Thomas Thurston [mailto:tt544@columbia.edu] Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 7:32 AM To: H-US1918-45@H-NET.MSU.EDU
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      From: Thomas Thurston [mailto:tt544@...]
      Sent: Friday, June 07, 2002 7:32 AM
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      Subject: BOOK ANN: _Scottsboro, Alabama: A Story in Linoleum Cuts_

      Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 16:28:12 -0500
      Subject: Book Ann. - Scottsboro, Alabama: A Story in Linoleum Cuts - ed.
      Andrew Lee
      From: Asha Curran asha.curran@...

      NYU Press Introduces a Unique Chronicle of an Infamous Racial Injustice,
      Told Through Powerful, Never-Before-Published Political Art

      Scottsboro, Alabama
      A Story in Linoleum Cuts

      Edited by Andrew Lee
      Foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley

      NYU Press is proud to announce the publication of a unique graphic history
      of one of the most infamous, racially-charged episodes in American history.
      Both those familiar with the 1931 case of the "Scottsboro nine" and those
      coming to the story for the first time will find this artwork stunningly
      powerful, both an unforgettable history lesson and a one-of-a-kind artifact.

      These 118 linoleum prints depict a travesty of justice, delivered in 1931,
      when nine black youths were falsely accused of raping two white women on a
      freight train traveling through northern Alabama. They were arrested, tried,
      and convicted of rape-all within four days-and eight of them were sentenced
      to death. The ensuing legal battle lasted for six years and involved two
      landmark decisions by the Supreme Court. One of the most well known and
      controversial legal decisions of our time, the Scottsboro case ignited the
      emotions of the entire nation, which was still struggling to come to terms
      with fundamental issues of racial equality.

      A generation later, the story still has the power to provoke hot debate and
      emotion, and it is retold in Scottsboro, Alabama with a renewed raw power.

      Decades after the creation of the Scottsboro artwork in 1935, Andrew Lee, a
      librarian at the Tamiment Library at NYU, discovered a series of 118
      original linoleum cut prints, clearly old and breathtaking in their raw,
      angry intensity, as part of a gift to the Library by the family of Joe
      North, a major figure in the Communist Party-USA and an editor at the
      seminal left-wing journal, the New Masses. They chronicled the Scottsboro
      story, cut by cut.

      The names of the artists, Lin Shi Khan and Toni Perez, are all we know;
      their identities are a mystery, and the copy of the book that was given to
      Lee is the only known copy in existence. He was able to discover that the
      book was printed in Seattle in 1935, but it was never mass-printed or
      reprinted. Until his discovery, the book's existence was virtually unknown.
      This is the book's first official presentation, and it is both an historical
      find and an excellent tool for learning about the case itself and the period
      which it so harshly brings to life. Despite the best efforts of Mr. Lee and
      NYU Press, the original authors remain unknown and unfound.

      "The Press has been fortunate to publish many important, even crucial books-
      books that make a lasting contribution to scholarship, books that speak to
      the current political or cultural moment, books of aesthetic distinction,"
      notes Editorial Director Eric Zinner, "and with the publication of
      Scottsboro, Alabama all of these elements come together in one singular

      With a foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley, an introduction by Andrew H. Lee, and
      published in a handsomely printed and lush-toned edition, Scottsboro,
      Alabama is a true historical find, one that allows us to see the Scottsboro
      case through a new and highly provocative lens.

      Andrew H. Lee is a librarian at the Tamiment Library at New York University.
      Robin D.G. Kelley is Professor of History at New York University and author
      of, most recently, Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Fighting the Culture Wars in
      Urban America.

      Publication Date: July 2002


      147 pages

      118 b&w linoleum prints

      ISBN: 0-8147-5176-8
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