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artists' books; Prince Edward, Virginia, United States; public schools; private schools; race (concept)


1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations. Cover title. Limited edition of 100 numbered copies. "'Unbound' was designed and produced in a single month. The typefaces are Sabon and Scala Sans. The text is letterpress-printed on handmade cotton and abaca paper."--colophon. "Unbound is a limited edition artists' book which honors the veterans of Prince Edward County's 1959 school lock out ... The book was conceived and designed by artist Jessica Peterson and recounts the closing of the public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia, from 1959 to 1964. Unbound tells this story of these events with timelines, archival evidence, and collected narratives from the veterans of the closings. Gold stars flow through each page, one star for each person whose life was permanently altered by the school closings"--Publisher's statement at the Vamp and Tramp Booksellers' website, viewed on February 13, 2015. "In the fall of 1959, the public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia were closed in response to a court order to desegregate. The schools remained closed for five years. Many white children began attending a system of private schools established by the Prince Edward School Foundation. As permitted by state law, tuition for these schools was almost completely subsidized by the government. No one elected to attend the private academy for black students organized by the same group of white leaders. Approximately 4,000 children in Prince Edward County waited five years for the public school system to open, as lawsuits about the intersection of public education and race circulated through the state and federal courts ... Unbound is a tribute to the veterans of the 1959 school lock out, individuals who have carried their scars with grace for the last fifty years, with hope that they will continue to share their stories"--Introduction and Colophon. Double-sided accordion-folded pages with two fold-out signatures are letterpress printed on both sides with text, gold stars, and a timeline. Accordion is attached at either end to letterpress printed boards. Library has copy number 78.

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[Northport, Alabama] : Paper Souvenir, 2014. [Farmville, Virginia] : Short Twig Press, Longwood University, [2014]


©[Northport, Alabama] : Paper Souvenir, 2014. [Farmville, Virginia] : Short Twig Press, Longwood University, [2014]

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letterpress printing; folded books; paper


21 cm




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