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Chained in SilenceBlack Women and Convict Labor in the New South$
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Talitha L. LeFlouria

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622477

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622477.001.0001

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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Cuts Cordwood

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Cuts Cordwood

Prison Camps for Women

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(p.103) Chapter Three The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Cuts Cordwood
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Chained in Silence
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Talitha L. LeFlouria

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622477.003.0004

This chapter charts the transition of women prisoners from sexually integrated railroad camps, brickyards, and mines into feminine carceral spaces, narrating the life-world of female captives detained within these gender exclusive settlements. By 1899, Georgia's convict lease system was at the height of local and national deliberation over the welfare of its inmates, its threat to free labor, and the enduring exploitation of female captives, even in female-centered labor camps. For more than a decade, the women prisoners' condition in the state's private lease camps had been a disputed public policy issue, which ultimately culminated in the Georgia General Assembly's decision to relocate all female felons to a newly erected state prison farm in Milledgeville. The establishment of the state farm signified the first major modernizing step toward reforming Georgia's penal enterprises.

Keywords:   women prisoners, feminine carceral spaces, convict lease system, female captives, Georgia General Assembly

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