RE-EXAMINING THE LUCASVILLE UPRISING: Essay 2
by Staughton Lynd
What Caused the Uprising?
The Authorities’ Account of Causes
What the Prisoners Themselves Said
On the first full day of the L-block occupation, Monday, April 12, prisoner Anthony Lavelle improvised a public address system to broadcast the prisoners’ demands. The authorities thereupon turned off electric power in L-block. The prisoners responded by writing their demands on bedsheets and hanging the sheets out of windows in the occupied pods. (See Exhibits 3 and 4.) These lists of what the prisoners wanted appear to provide the best evidence of the causes of their rebellion as perceived by the prisoners.