The Lifer, January/February/March 1974

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Edited by
Rideau, Wilbert, American, born 1942
Mason, Tommy
Jackson, Robert
Plaisance, Kenneth
Written by
Evans, Darryl
Johnston, Kenneth
Green, Monroe
Johnson, Cleveland
Smith, Herman
Illustrated by
Jones, Donald
Jones, Ronald
Subject of
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, American, founded 1835
ink on paper
H x W: 11 × 8 1/2 in. (27.9 × 21.6 cm)
magazines (periodicals)
Place made
West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
January/February/March 1974
This issue of The Lifer magazine, January/February/March 1974, has a cover featuring a black illustration and text. The illustration depicts two knights in armor fighting with swords. A quotation from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1862 book The House of the Dead is typed below the drawing. Text along the bottom reads: SPECIAL FEATURE by Mario Puzo, / Author of "THE GODFATHER". The featured article is a reprint from Puzo's 1972 book The Godfather Papers and concerns federal government and corporate corruption. Other stories examine prison reform, an increase in hiring of female staff at the facility, and two pieces on the issue of so-called black-on-black crime. There are also illustrations throughout and several original poems, as well as reports on daily activities and inmate organizations. The magazine has sixty-two (62) interior pages and is bound with three (3) metal staples.
African American
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wilbert Rideau and Linda LaBranche
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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