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Mass Incarceration, Executions, and Gun Violence in “the Land of the Free”

Mugambi Jouet

in Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293298
eISBN:
9780520966468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293298.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Mass incarceration exists in America on a scale unmatched in global history. America is also the only Western democracy that has not abolished the death penalty; and one of the nations that execute ... More


Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Mugambi Jouet

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293298
eISBN:
9780520966468
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293298.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Americans are far more divided than other Westerners over basic issues, including wealth inequality, health care, climate change, evolution, the literal truth of the Bible, apocalyptical prophecies, ... More


The Heart of the Other?

Sarah Tyson

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In the United States, life without parole (LWOP) has become the leading alternative to the death penalty. However, we have compelling reason to be suspicious what passes for the abolition of the ... More


An Abolitionism Worthy of the Name: From the Death Penalty to the Prison Industrial Complex

Lisa Guenther

in Deconstructing the Death Penalty: Derrida's Seminars and the New Abolitionism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280100
eISBN:
9780823281541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280100.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In Derrida’s lectures on the death penalty, the United States figures as “both exemplary and exceptional." Derrida acknowledges the racist structure of state violence in the United States, but he ... More


Stuck between Justice and the Carceral State: Ruiz v. Estelle and the Politics of Mass Incarceration

Robert T. Chase

in We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners' Rights in Postwar America

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653570
eISBN:
9781469653594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653570.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 9 analyzes the Ruiz trial itself as drawing from prisoner-initiated narrative, but it situates even the most far-reaching courtroom victory within a political arrangement of carceral massive ... More


We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners' Rights in Postwar America

Robert T. Chase

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653570
eISBN:
9781469653594
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653570.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

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 ... More


A Second Occupation

Johanna Fernández

in The Young Lords: A Radical History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469653440
eISBN:
9781469653464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653440.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In Fall 1970, the Young Lords again occupied the FSUMC church, in response to the shocking death of one of their own, Julio Roldan, who after a false arrest was found hanged in the Tombs, NYC’s ... More


Uses of the Profane

Sharon Luk

in Life of Paper: Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520296237
eISBN:
9780520968820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520296237.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter Six explores letter correspondence across prison walls as under-recognized mode of communal preservation in the face of publicly administered torture and genocide. This chapter shifts our ... More


The EJI, the Legacy Museum, and “Postgenocide” America

Marouf A. Hasian and Nicholas S. Paliewicz

in Racial Terrorism: A Rhetorical Investigation of Lynching

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781496831743
eISBN:
9781496831774
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496831743.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter studies the counterpart to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Legacy Museum. Attending to the affective and cerebral displays of racial pasts and presents, the authors show ... More


Shades of Mississippi

Garrett Felber

in Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469653822
eISBN:
9781469653846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653822.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Nation of Islam deployed a series of tactics to fight for rights for incarcerated people. They used litigation, as well as They used direct action tactics such as ... More


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