The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan by Cecily McMillan
An American Memoir

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A revealing memoir, though one that perhaps reveals aspects of the author’s character she didn't intend to showcase.
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Cecily McMillan didn’t come from much: she had a trailer-park upbringing and a hardscrabble life bouncing between parents in rural Texas and the ghettos of Atlanta. At sixteen, she legally emancipated herself and began living with a teacher in a rough neighborhood. She was politicized at a very young age, leading walkouts against the Iraq War in high school and joining the protests against Scott Walker during college. When she moved to New York for a masters’ degree at the New School, she immediately got involved in Occupy Wall Street.

And then, on St. Patrick’s Day 2012, Cecily stopped by Zuccotti Park to meet some friends, and was surprised by the police raid that cleared the square. In the melee, there was a physical altercation with a police officer—for which she was arrested, tried, and sentenced to 58 days at Rikers Island.

Inside Rikers, Cecily connected with her fellow inmates and remembered where she came from and who she was fighting for. The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan is Cecily’s story—an intimate, brave, bittersweet memoir of a remarkable young woman and her personal and political transformation.
 

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Cecily McMillan is an activist, union organizer, and advocate for prison reform whose participation in and arrest during the Occupy Wall Street movement, along with her trial and conviction, have been widely covered by the national media, including Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Rolling Stone, among others. Her own writing has appeared in the New York Times and Alternet. Richard Foulser
 
Published August 9, 2016 by Nation Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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on May 18 2016

A revealing memoir, though one that perhaps reveals aspects of the author’s character she didn't intend to showcase.

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