Author: Kay Higgins

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Neo-Nazis and the War Against Women’s Reproductive Freedom (1995)

This week’s Pandemic Book is a pamphlet from 1995, Neo-Nazis and the War Against Women’s Reproductive Freedom. Reading this account of the links between fascism and anti-choice harassment and violence, it occurs to us that the names may have changed, but the methods remain the same in our current moment. Fascist organizers latch on to not only misogyny, but racism, homophobia, transphobia, and poor-bashing in right-wing movements, and are now often given support by politicians… read more Neo-Nazis and the War Against Women’s Reproductive Freedom (1995)

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The Interesting Narrative of Gustavus Vassa or Olaudah Equiano, the African

Olaudah Equiano, known for most of his life as Gustavus Vassa, was born in the Kingdom of Benin, and was enslaved as a child, eventually purchasing his freedom and becoming a leading advocate for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. This book has extremely small print by contemporary standards; it is an early-19th-century edition of his memoir, first published in the 18th century. If you’re interested in picking up a copy of this… read more The Interesting Narrative of Gustavus Vassa or Olaudah Equiano, the African

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Carrie Williams Clifford, Sowing for Others to Reap

Here is the ninth publication in our series of Pandemic Books: Sowing for Others to Reap by Carrie Williams Clifford. This started as a something that I could do in the studio for a few hours every week, namely to make a very short run of a public domain, open copyright, or publicly owned work that we haven’t made before and probably won’t make again. It has also been an adventure in reading and research,… read more Carrie Williams Clifford, Sowing for Others to Reap

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Sojourner Truth: Narrative and Book of Life

After skipping a week, Pandemic Books is back with a very short run of the life story of Sojourner Truth. She is probably best known to many people for her speech on feminism, usually titled “Ain’t I a Woman?” However, she was a lifelong activist for freedom and equality, with many accomplishments. Born into slavery around 1797 in New York, she escaped from bondage in 1826, later saying “I did not run off, for I… read more Sojourner Truth: Narrative and Book of Life

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The Life of Albert R. Parsons with Brief History of the Labor Movement in America, by Lucy E. Parsons

For the seventh week of Pandemic Books, we’re making copies of Black American anarchist Lucy Parsons’s book The Life of Albert R. Parsons, with Brief History of the Labor Movement in America. Albert Parsons, her husband, was a newspaper editor, and was arrested following the Haymarket riot in Chicago, and sentenced to death along with five others for the bombing of a police station, even though witnesses said that none of the “conspirators” were responsible… read more The Life of Albert R. Parsons with Brief History of the Labor Movement in America, by Lucy E. Parsons

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Magnolia Leaves by Mary Weston Fordham

It has been a difficult week all around: eruptions of racist violence everywhere, and now a racist President of the US saying “start shooting” at Black protesters. Doesn’t he know that the shooting, the killing, started a long, long, time ago now, and never seems to stop? Or that Black lives are more valuable than a Target store? (Those are obviously rhetorical questions.) This week, we’re making copies of Mary Weston Fordham’s Magnolia Leaves, a… read more Magnolia Leaves by Mary Weston Fordham

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Pandemic books week 5: AIDS Conspiracy Theories (update: Sold out!)

We’re now in the fifth week of our pandemic book project. To recap, what we’re doing is producing a public domain, open-copyright, or bootleg edition we haven’t done before and don’t plan to do again in a short run each week, selling it for $10 +shipping, and after paying our costs sending whatever money is left over to an organization that serves vulnerable people in our city. This week we are examining the social and… read more Pandemic books week 5: AIDS Conspiracy Theories (update: Sold out!)

A book with bright read covers laying on a surface of vibrant green grass. The cover reads in part "'Saving the World from Democracy', The Winnipeg General Sympathetic Strike"
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This week’s book is “Saving the World from Democracy”, documents from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

This week’s short-run book is a facsimile of Saving the World from Democracy, a publication made by the joint Defense Committee of several labour organizations just one year after the brutal suppression of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. The book contains eyewitness accounts, court transcripts, speeches, and newspaper articles that retell the formation of a coalition of activists, rank and file workers, unemployed soldiers returning from the First World War, and others. Among their demands… read more This week’s book is “Saving the World from Democracy”, documents from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

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The Moccasin Maker by Tekahionwake E. Pauline Johnson (updated: sadly, sold out)

This week’s book is a collection of short prose by Tekahionwake, better known by her English name, E. Pauline Johnson. She is best known for her poetry, and for retelling and publishing a collection of Skwxwu7mesh stories as the book Tales of Vancouver. We have made copies of a 1913 edition of The Moccasin Maker, in burgundy covers, and with black edging. Tekahionwake was born on the Six Nations reserve in Ontario to an English… read more The Moccasin Maker by Tekahionwake E. Pauline Johnson (updated: sadly, sold out)

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Fairy Tales by Sophie, Comtesse de Ségur (update: sold out!)

Last week we said we would be making a short run every week of a title we haven’t made before, and possibly won’t again. We have taken some ends of materials left over from other work to make this week’s selection, Fairy Tales from the French by the Comtesse de Ségur, a copy of an 1859 edition translated by Mrs. Coleman Chapman “and her Daughters”. The Comtesse de Ségur was the daughter of a Russian… read more Fairy Tales by Sophie, Comtesse de Ségur (update: sold out!)