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Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South

Talitha L. LeFlouria


In 1868, the state of Georgia began to make its rapidly growing population of prisoners available for hire. The resulting convict leasing system ensnared not only men but also African-American women, who were forced to labor in camps and factories to make profits for private investors. This book draws from a rich array of primary sources to piece together the stories of these women, recounting what they endured in Georgia's prison system and what their labor accomplished.

Keywords: Georgia, prisoners, convict leasing system, African-American women, prison system, labor, camps

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622477
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Talitha L. LeFlouria, author