The Resource The crisis of imprisonment : protest, politics, and the making of the American penal state, 1776-1941, Rebecca M. McLennan

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

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The crisis of imprisonment : protest, politics, and the making of the American penal state, 1776-1941
Title
The crisis of imprisonment
Title remainder
protest, politics, and the making of the American penal state, 1776-1941
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca M. McLennan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 $30 billion worth of work. By the 1880s, however, a growing cross-section of American society came to regard the prison labor system as morally corrupt and unbefitting of a free republic: it fostered torture and other abuses, degraded free citizen-workers, corrupted the government and the legal system, and defeated the supposedly moral purpose of punishment. The Crisis of Imprisonment tells the remarkable story of this controversial system of penal servitude - how it came into being, how it worked, how the popular campaigns for its abolition were ultimately victorious, and how it shaped and continues to haunt America's modern penal system."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
365/.97309034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8929.S92
LC item number
M37 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge historical studies in American law and society
Label
The crisis of imprisonment : protest, politics, and the making of the American penal state, 1776-1941, Rebecca M. McLennan
Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 473-484) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
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ocn232551882
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 505 pages)
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9780511394065
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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not applicable
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.b36898715
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)232551882
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