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Uncontrollable BlacknessAfrican American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York$
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Douglas J. Flowe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655734

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655734.001.0001

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Been Here Long Enough

Been Here Long Enough

Prison, Parole, and the Pursuit of a Better Life in Black Imagination

(p.155) Chapter 5 Been Here Long Enough
Uncontrollable Blackness

Douglas J. Flowe

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 5 looks at the imprisonment of black men, the horrors of internment, its impact on their families, and the systems of injustice they had to navigate in order to free themselves. It also considers what “freedom” meant to them, and how they conceptualized their own rehabilitation. It ultimately argues that black men, in many cases, depended upon relationships with black women, and patriarchal, male-centered, domestic living situations with dutiful wives in order to reimagine their own lives and identities after time behind bars.

Keywords:   Prison, Rehabilitation, Parole, Patriarchy, Intimate relationships, manhood

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