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Liberty's prisoners : carceral culture in early America

Author: Jennifer Manion
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2015]
Series: Early American studies.
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Liberty's Prisoners examines how changing attitudes about work, freedom, property, and family shaped the creation of the penitentiary system in the United States. The first penitentiary system was founded in Philadelphia in 1790, during a period of great optimism and turmoil in the Revolution's wake. Those who were previously dependents with no legal standing - women, enslaved people, and indentured servants -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Manion
ISBN: 9780812247572 0812247574
OCLC Number: 910802488
Awards: Winner of Awarded the 2016 Mary Kelly Prize by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
Description: 278 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Rebellious workers --
Sentimental families --
Dangerous publics --
Freedom's limits --
Sexual orderings.
Series Title: Early American studies.
Responsibility: Jen Manion.

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