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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 pages : illustrations ; 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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America's prison-based system of punishment has not always enjoyed the widespread political and moral legitimacy it has today. Unearthing fresh evidence from prison and state archives, McLennan shows  Read more...

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<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/968277<\/a>> # Imprisonment<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Imprisonment<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/990079<\/a>> # Labor movement<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Labor movement<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/80323551<\/a>> # Rebecca M. McLennan<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:birthDate<\/a> \"1967<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:familyName<\/a> \"McLennan<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:givenName<\/a> \"Rebecca M.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Rebecca M. McLennan<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/worldcat.org\/isbn\/9780521537834<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:ProductModel<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:isbn<\/a> \"0521537835<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:isbn<\/a> \"9780521537834<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/worldcat.org\/isbn\/9780521830966<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:ProductModel<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:isbn<\/a> \"0521830966<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:isbn<\/a> \"9780521830966<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/124036291<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \ngenont:InformationResource<\/a>, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:about<\/a> <http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/oclc\/124036291<\/a>> ; # The crisis of imprisonment : protest, politics, and the making of the American penal state, 1776-1941<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:dateModified<\/a> \"2019-09-10<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nvoid:inDataset<\/a> <http:\/\/purl.oclc.org\/dataset\/WorldCat<\/a>> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/124036291#PublicationEvent\/cambridge_new_york_cambridge_university_press_2008<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:PublicationEvent<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:location<\/a> <http:\/\/dbpedia.org\/resource\/New_York_City<\/a>> ; # New York<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:location<\/a> <http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/797241460#Place\/cambridge<\/a>> ; # Cambridge<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:organizer<\/a> <http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/797241460#Agent\/cambridge_university_press<\/a>> ; # Cambridge University Press<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:startDate<\/a> \"2008<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/124036291#Review\/86852744<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Review<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:itemReviewed<\/a> <http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/oclc\/124036291<\/a>> ; # The crisis of imprisonment : protest, politics, and the making of the American penal state, 1776-1941<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:reviewBody<\/a> \"\"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 quantities of goods and revenue, in some years generating the equivalent of more than $30 billion worth of work. By the 1880s, however, a growing cross-section of American society came to regard the prison labor system as morally corrupt and unbefitting of a free republic: it fostered torture and other abuses, degraded free citizen-workers, corrupted the government and the legal system, and defeated the supposedly moral purpose of punishment. The Crisis of Imprisonment tells the remarkable story of this controversial system of penal servitude - how it came into being, how it worked, how the popular campaigns for its abolition were ultimately victorious, and how it shaped and continues to haunt America\'s modern penal system.\"--Jacket.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n\n

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