This overlooked corner of the press provided news by and for people who were incarcerated. A newly available archive shows it worked hard to reach outside audiences too.
Men dominated the underground papers of the 1960s. Feminist journalists like Robin Morgan and Sheila Ryan called them on their sexism.
The artist turned a critical eye toward American society, but he didn't want to be called a political cartoonist.
But it didn't work. The rumor, spread by the underground press in 1967, probably led to many disappointed hippies.
The official newspaper of the Nation of Islam—published from 1960-1975—combined investigative journalism and Black Nationalist views on racial uplift.