Howard Zinn Book Fair: Books to the Barricades Ellen Meeropol, Her Sister’s Tattoo

Her Sister’s Tattoo begins in the heat of August 1968, as sisters Esther and Rosa Cohen, daughters of union activists, march against the war in Vietnam. When a young man is beaten badly by police, Rosa persuades Esther to join her in a daring and risky action to stop the violence, but things don’t go as she plans. A cop is injured, and the two sisters are arrested on serious felonies. Esther makes an agonizing choice to take a plea deal in order to stay free to care for her infant daughter, but the deal requires her to testify against Rosa. As Rosa spends years underground and in prison, Esther deals with the loss of her sister, her community and parts of her self.

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