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The crisis of imprisonment : protest, politics, and the making of the American penal state, 1776-1941

Author: Rebecca M McLennan
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Series: Cambridge historical studies in American law and society.
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"In the Age of Jackson, private enterprise set up shop in the American penal system. Working hand in glove with state government, by 1900 contractors in both the North and the South would go on to put more than half a million imprisoned men, women, and youth to hard, sweated toil for private gain. Held captive, stripped of their rights, and subjected to lash and paddle, these convict laborers churned out vast  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca M McLennan
ISBN: 9780521830966 0521830966 9780521537834 0521537835
OCLC Number: 124036291
Description: xiii, 505 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The grounds of legal punishment --
Strains of servitude : legal punishment in the early republic --
Due convictions : contractual penal servitude and its discontents, 1818-1865 --
Commerce upon the throne : the business of imprisonment in Gilded Age America --
Disciplining the state, civilizing the market : the campaign to abolish contract prison labor --
A model servitude : prison reform in the early Progressive Era --
Uses of the state : the dialectics of penal reform in early progressive New York --
American Bastille : Sing Sing and the political crisis of imprisonment --
Changing the subject : the metamorphosis of prison reform in the high Progressive Era --
Laboratory of social justice : the new penologists at Sing Sing, 1915-1917 --
Punishment without labor : towards the modern penal state --
Conclusion: On the crises of imprisonment.
Series Title: Cambridge historical studies in American law and society.
Responsibility: Rebecca M. McLennan.
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"Deeply researched and deeply reflective, The Crisis of Imprisonment redefines the central themes of 19th and early 20th century American prison history. Its story of the rise and fall of contractual Read more...

 
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