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No Mercy Here"Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity"$
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Sarah Haley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627595

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627595.001.0001

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Convict Leasing, (Re)Production, and Gendered Racial Terror

Convict Leasing, (Re)Production, and Gendered Racial Terror

(p.58) Chapter Two Convict Leasing, (Re)Production, and Gendered Racial Terror
No Mercy Here

Sarah Haley

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter uses a range of archival sources including clemency files, legislative investigations, medical records, and reports of corporal punishment to provide a detailed examination of the infrastructure of convict labor from the late 19th century through the 1930s. Spanning convict leasing, chain gangs, and the state farm, chapter two focuses on black women’s experiences of labor exploitation, gendered racial terror and brutal conditions of convict labor. This chapter incorporates speculative historical narrative to raise questions about the historical archive and black women’s interior lives.

Keywords:   Violence, Rape, Gendered racial terror, Convict leasing, Black women, Chain gang

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