Collection of Pamphlets, Books and Broadsides Related to Angela Davis

1970-1972.

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A collection of 27 pamphlets, books and related ephemera concerning the imprisonment and trial of African-American activist and educator Angela Davis, published during and immediately after her 18-month incarceration which became an international cause celebre. Included are many individual items that OCLC fails to identify including a copy of People's World Magazine with a striking centerfold poster of Davis, and various broadsheets from the Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco Committees to Free Angela Davis. Overall near fine with some toning, edgewear, and occasional small tears.Davis is an African-American activist raised by left-leaning parents in Birmingham, Alabama. She studied philosophy at Brandeis University under Herbert Marcuse and taught at the University of California, San Diego as a graduate student. She was a radical feminist, active member of the Communist Party, and closely associated with the Black Panthers, who was fired from her teaching job on the suggestion of then-governor, Ronald Reagan. She gained international attention for her imprisonment on murder charges when a member of the Soledad Three, who she vocally supported, killed several people during a failed escape attempt using guns registered in her name. Davis fled the state of California and was placed on America's most wanted list before finally being apprehended in New York. She immediately declared her innocence but was denied bail and isolated from the general prison population. The case drew national and international pressure calling for her release and acquittal, which was eventually granted after 18 months when she was found not guilty by an all-white jury.This collection of material illustrates the efforts of several Free Angela Davis support groups in spreading her story and raising funds in her defense. While several of the books and pamphlets were produced late in her incarceration and immediately following her release, most were distributed in the days and months following her arrest. They show the grassroots efforts, particularly in the cities of New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, to disseminate trial news and personal pleas of support from Davis and other prominent members of the African-American community, along with public appearances by Davis's mother and a screening of a film concerning Davis's case.The books and pamphlets generally describe the events surrounding Davis's trial, including opening and closing statements, questionable legal wrangling, and pledges of support from political, African-American, and international communities; one pamphlet written in German and another a translation from a German politician. Maybe most interesting are the various broadsides and community newspapers. They provide a street-level prospective on the case and include a statement from Davis reaching out to high school students, a reprint of the probation board's recommendation, summaries of events, and petitions intended to persuade the courts to release Davis. Also included is the Women's Day Edition of People's World magazine that includes an eye-catching orange and black centerfold poster of Davis of which few likely survive.An interesting collection of pamphlets and ephemera about an important female African-American whose arrest and trial attracted international attention. Details:Books:1. BRANTON, Leo. The Closing Defense Statement Made in the Angela Davis Case, June 1, 1972 [cover title: Freed by the People]. (San Francisco: National United Committee to Free Angela Davis 1972). Stapled illustrated wrappers. Moderately soiled and lightly worn with some tanning to the edges, else very good in stapled wrappers.2. MENNE, Lothar and Klaus Vack, edited by. Am Beispiel Angela Davis. Offenbach: Sozialistisches Buro 1971. First edition. 60pp. Lightly worn, else near fine in stapled wrappers. Includes a foreword by Ernst Bloch, articles by Davis, Herbert Marcuse, and several German activists.3. STEINIGER, Dr. Klaus. Free Angela Davis: Hero of the Other America. National Council of the National Front of the German Democratic Republic [circa 1971]. First American edition. Translated from German. Lightly rubbed, else near fine in perfectbound wrappers. Contains an address by Werner Lamberz, member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany. Newspaper:4. People's World -- February 27, 1971. (San Francisco: The International Union of Students 1971). Tabloid. 8pp. Tanning to the outside page, one short tear at the fold on the first page and a light crease to one corner, very good. Includes a bright orange and black centerfold poster of Davis.Pamphlets:5. ABERNATHY, Rev. Ralph, John J. Abt, Paul E. Miller, and Ossie Davis. On Trial: Angela Davis or America. New York: Angela Davis Legal Defense Fund [circa 1971]. 15pp. Lightly soiled, else near fine in stapled wrappers.6. ABT, John. On the Defense of Angela Davis: Speech Delivered at the Unitarian Church, November 22, 1970, Los Angeles. (Los Angeles: National United Committee to Free Angela Davis 1970). First edition. 9pp. Lightly soiled with some fading to the edges, else near fine in stapled wrappers.7. DAVIS, Angela. Frame Up: The Opening Defense Statement Made by Angela Y. Davis, March 29, 1972. (San Francisco: National United Committee to Free Angela Davis) 1972. Moderately soiled with a three-inch tear and a small hole on the rear wrap, else very good in stapled wrappers.8. MITCHELL, Charlene. The Fight to Free Angela Davis: Its Importance for the Working Class. New York: New Outlook Publishers 1972. First edition. 12pp. Fine in stapled wrappers.9. WINSTON, Henry. The Meaning of San Rafael. New York: New Outlook Publishers 1971. First edition. 21pp.. Browned and lightly soiled, else near fine in stapled wrappers. Written by the African-American chairman of the U.S. Communist Party in defense of Davis.10. A Political Biography of Angela Davis. (Los Angeles: National United Committee to Free Angela Davis) [circa 1970]. First edition. 8pp. Lightly soiled, else near fine in red stapled wrappers.11. A Political Biography of Angela Davis. (New York: New York Committee to Free Angela Davis 1971). Second printing. 8pp. Lightly soiled, else near fine in white stapled wrappers.Broadsheets and Broadsides:12. DAVIS, Angela. Get It Together! An Open Letter to Black High School Students. (New York: New York Committee to Free 1971). One sheet folded to make four pages. Several short edge tears else near fine. A letter issued from the Marin County Jail attempting to enlist youth to the class struggle.13. Act Now to Save Angela's Life: Support the Fund Drive -- Jan 15, 22, 29, 1972. One sheet, printed on one side in English and the other in Spanish. Folded in half with some tanning, chipping and wear along the foredge, very good. Invitation of support for Davis's defense fund.14. Angela Y. Davis has been in jail one year as of October 13th... Philadelphia: Philadelphia Committee to Free Angela Davis [1971]. One sheet, printed one side. Near fine with a touch of edge wear and toning. Letter asking for donations for Davis on the anniversary of her incarceration. 15. Angela Davis Weekend -- May 14, 15, 16. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Committee to Free Angela Davis [1971]. One sheet, printed one side. Fine. Flyer for a showing of the film, Angela "Like It Is," and a speech by Davis's lawyer, Margaret Burnham.16. Bail for Angela Davis: Judge Says No, Probation Report Says Yes. (New York: New York Committee to Free Angela Davis) [circa 1970]. One sheet folded to make four pages. Near fine with some soiling and light wear. A copy of the probation officer's report.17. Free Angela Davis. (New York: New York Committee to Free Angela Davis) [circa 1970]. One pink sheet folded to make four pages. Near fine with some light soiling.18. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners: The Newsletter of the United Committee to Free Angela Davis, Newsletter No. 2. (Los Angeles: National United Committee to Free Angela Davis 1970). One sheet, printed on both sides. Lightly soiled with four small staple holes and some light wear along one edge, very good.19. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners: The Newsletter of the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis, Newsletter No. 6. (Los Angeles: National United Committee to Free Angela Davis 1971). One sheet, printed on both sides. Folded in half, lightly soiled with some tanning and wear to the edges as well as a large chip to one corner, good.20. One Million People Sponsor Freedom for Angela Davis. (Los Angeles: National Committee to Free Angela Davis) [circa 1970]. One sheet, printed on one side. Lightly soiled with some light creasing and other wear, very good. Broadside seeking support for Davis.21. People's Petition Demanding Bail for Angela Davis. New York: The New York Committee to Free Angela Davis [circa 1971]. One folio sheet, printed one side. Folded in half and lightly soiled, near fine. Petition for the release of Davis on bail.22. People's Petition Demanding Bail for Angela Davis. New York: The New York Committee to Free Angela Davis [Circa 1971]. One sheet, printed one side. Near fine with some toning at the edges. Petition for the release of Davis on bail, printed on one side with text and blank line for signatures.23. Philadelphia Committee to Free Angela Davis -- Newsletter No. 1, June 1971. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Committee to Free Angela Davis 1971. One sheet, printed both sides. Fine. Report on a showing of the film, Angela "Like It Is," a speech by Davis's mother, and information about the group's next meeting.24. Philadelphia Committee to Free Angela Davis Presents "An Evening on Angela Davis." Philadelphia: Philadelphia Committee to Free Angela Davis [1971]. One sheet, printed one side. Fine. Flyer for a speech by Davis's mother along with a small yellow ticket for the event.25. Philadelphia Social Science Forum Presents 2 Films -- "Angela: Like It Is" and "Children of the Revolution." Philadelphia: Philadelphia Social Science Forum [1971]. One sheet, printed one side. Near fine with touch of edge wear and toning. Flyer for a film about Davis.26. Summary of Legal Proceedings. [No place]: 1970. One yellow sheet, printed one side. Very good with edge wear, a small tear, and a crease. A brief description of Davis's case from her arrest on October 21 to her court appearance on December 16.27. We Demand: No Extradition of Angela Davis to California! (New York: New York Committee to Defend Angela Davis) [circa 1970]. One sheet, printed on both sides. Lightly soiled, creased and tanned, else very good. Flyer promoting a demonstration at Governor Norman Rockefeller's office to stop the extradition of Davis to California.

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Collection of Pamphlets, Books and Broadsides Related to Angela Davis. Angela DAVIS.