Make New York City the 51st State! Power to the Neighborhoods! Norman Mailer.

The Novelist as Politician

Make New York City the 51st State! Power to the Neighborhoods! ...

Notes: 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Leaflet, offset printed in blue ink on both sides.

The front side (recto) provides a short summary of the Mailer-Breslin ticket; the back (verso) offers a more detailed overview of their positions. Mailer and his runningmate, the journalist Jimmy Breslin, ran for municipal office in the 1969 New York City Democratic primary. The campaign lasted just two months, but attracted a lot of media attention and 41,000 votes, good for fourth place in a five-person field.

Mailer campaigned against the "dull tyranny of the center" and for making New York City the 51st State, with neighborhoods to be incorporated as cities and villages.

This flyer dates from between May 12, when nominating signatures were due, and the primary on June 17, 1969. To further narrow the date, it was published by the second Mailer campaign organization, New Yorkers for Mailer-Breslin, at the second campaign office, on Columbus Circle (the first was on E. 38th St.). Uncommon.

Edition + Condition: Fine.

Publication: New York City: New Yorkers for Mailer-Breslin, [1969].

Item No: #6418

Price: $150

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