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Let the record show : a political history of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993

by Schulman, Sarah, 1958-

Format: Print Book 2021
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In just six years, ACT UP, New York, a broad and unlikely coalition of activists from all races, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds, changed the world. Armed with rancor, desperation, intelligence, and creativity, it took on the AIDS crisis with an indefatigable, ingenious, and multifaceted attack on the corporations, institutions, governments, and individuals who stood in the way of AIDS treatment for all. They stormed the FDA and NIH in Washington, D.C., and started needle exchange programs in New York; they took over Grand Central Terminal and fought to change the legal definition of AIDS to include women; they transformed the American insurance industry, weaponized art and advertising to push their agenda, and battled--and beat--The New York Times, the Catholic Church, and the pharmaceutical industry. Their activism, in its complex and intersectional power, transformed the lives of people with AIDS and the bigoted society that had abandoned them. Based on more than two hundred interviews with ACT UP members and rich with lessons for today's activists, Let the Record Show is a revelatory exploration--and long-overdue reassessment--of the coalition's inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture. Sarah Schulman, one of the most revered queer writers and thinkers of her generation, explores the how and the why, examining, with her characteristic rigor and bite, how a group of desperate outcasts changed America forever, and in the process created a livable future for generations of people across the world.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "ACT UP is a grassroots political organization formed in New York City in 1987 that sought to end the AIDS pandemic and help improve the lives of those suffering with the disease. Schulman, who worked as a part of ACT UP herself, interviewed 188 people who were a part of the organization to create this extensive resource. Rather than attempting to present a chronological history of ACT UP, Schulman organizes the book into sections based on specific moments, like working with the CDC, and themes, such as the leadership within the organization, and presents the relevant interviews with ACT UP volunteers. Schulman presents ACT UP not as a heroic, sanitized institution made up of exclusively white gay men, but as what it actually was: an organization that managed to improve the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS despite its own racism and sexism. By doing this, Schulman creates a much more nuanced--and accurate--portrait of the AIDS crisis, highlighting the ways the disease impacted women and people of color."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Novelist and AIDS activist Schulman (Maggie Terry) recounts the successes and failures of the New York chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in this fine-grained history. Drawing on interviews with 188 members of ACT UP New York, Schulman showcases the diverse array of people who worked to raise awareness about AIDS, and notes their simultaneous involvement in related issues including homelessness, gender inequity in medicine, and needle exchange programs. She also explains how ACT UP New York leveraged an "inside/outside" strategy in which some members worked collaboratively with politicians and health officials while others created dramatic acts of protest, such as the 1989 infiltration of the New York Stock Exchange, when seven activists handcuffed themselves to a banister in a VIP balcony and threw fake hundred-dollar bills onto the trading room floor to pressure a pharmaceutical company to lower the $10,000-per-year price tag of the AIDS medication AZT. Readers less familiar with ACT UP may wish for a clearer explanation of its organizational structure and more narrative cohesion than Schulman provides. Still, her firsthand perspective and copious details provide a valuable testament to the courage and dedication of many unheralded activists. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects ACT UP New York (Organization) -- History -- 20th century.
AIDS (Disease) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
AIDS (Disease) -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xxvii, 702 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780374185138
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