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We Are Not Slaves – State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners' Rights in Postwar America - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners' Rights in Postwar America

Robert T. Chase

Abstract

In the early twentieth century, the brutality of southern prisons became a national scandal. Prisoners toiled in grueling, violent conditions while housed in crude dormitories on what were effectively slave plantations. This system persisted until the 1940s when, led by Texas, southern states adopted northern prison design reforms. Texas presented the reforms to the public as modern, efficient, and disciplined. Inside prisons, however, the transition to penitentiary cells only made the endemic violence more secretive, intensifying the labor division that privileged some prisoners with the powe ... More

Keywords: Civil Rights, Chicano Movement, Black Power, Mass Incarceration, Prison Labor, Sexual Violence, Carceral State, Prison Gangs, Militarization, Black Panthers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653570
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653570.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert T. Chase, author
Stony Brook University