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People's Handbook: Manhattan Community College, 1970-71

This handbook, a precursor to today's "disorientation" guides, offered incoming students a view of life at BMCC from the perspective of radicals in organizations that included the New University Conference, Third World Coalition, Night Students Association, and Women's Liberation. A self-published document  imbued with the irreverent spirit of its time, the People's Handbook collected pointed critiques of BMCC and CUNY administration and included drawings, cartoons, and a list of resources for "surviving in the city." The book's cover reads "You have the power. The power is with the people," while the back cover declares: "Advocating the overthrow of the government is a crime. Overthrowing it is something else altogether—sometimes it is called a revolution."

Source | Friedheim, Bill
Creator | Unknown
Date Created | 1970 - 1971
Rights | Copyright Self-published Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Item Type | Text (Pamphlet / Petition)
Cite This document | Unknown, “People's Handbook: Manhattan Community College, 1970-71,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed December 6, 2023,

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