By: Josh MacPhee
Eureka! House, Brooklyn, NY 2021
Dimensions: 8.75 in x 11.75 in
Cover: Pressboard folder
Binding: Staple bound and loose inserts
Process: Risograph and Digital
Color: Full color
Edition size: 250
One of the most amazing publications we've ever seen from our longtime friend Josh MacPhee. The level of thought and attention to detail in this thing is stunning even by Josh MacPhee standards. Description below courtesy of Booklyn.
"Teach or Go to Jail! is a multi-faceted look back on a 1977 public school teachers’ strike in Franklin, Massachusetts. Through a series of publications and printed ephemera, Josh MacPhee attempts to unpack the strike and engage with questions about what it can tell us about labor and education struggles today. MacPhee traces his family connection to the strike via his father, who as treasurer of the union was sentenced to jail time for refusing to go back to work. The publication reproduces a notebook of drawings the elder MacPhee made from his cell, press and photo documentation of the strike, ephemera, as well as a new interview done with three of the strikers. In many ways a blip in the history of labor unrest in the US, this publication argues the importance of the strike should not be underestimated—not only was it the first strike in modern US history where the rank and file were jailed for refusing to work, but because the union held strong, built solid relationships with the community, and ultimately won almost all of their demands.