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Blood in the Water wins 2017 Bancroft Prize

Heather Ann Thompson, an historian at the University of Michigan has won the 2017 Bancroft Prize in History for Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

Blood in the Water is the first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state’s violent response, and the victims’ decades-long quest for justice—including information never released to the public.

Provost John H. Coatsworth will present Ms. Thompson with the $10,000 award at the Bancroft Prize dinner next month, hosted by Columbia University’s department of history and Columbia University Libraries. Established in 1948, the Bancroft Prize is considered one of the most distinguished academic awards in the field of history.

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