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“Slaves of the State” Revolt: Southern Prison Labor and a Prison-Made Civil Rights Movement, 1945–1980

Robert T. Chase

in Life and Labor in the New New South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813037950
eISBN:
9780813043111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037950.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter offers a two-part story of Texas prison labor, revealing the success of the prison labor regime on the one hand and mounting prisoner resistance on the other. It considers how the Texas ... More


Work, Welfare, and Responsibility

Richard L. Lippke

in Rethinking Imprisonment

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199209125
eISBN:
9780191695766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199209125.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter develops the case for ensuring prisoners' access to paid labour with remuneration close to what free labourers earn. It begins with a restatement of the basic conditions of welfare that ... More


The Impossibility of Work Law

Noah Zatz

in The Idea of Labour Law

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199693610
eISBN:
9780191729744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693610.003.0016
Subject:
Law, Employment Law, Philosophy of Law

Labour law faces an impossible dilemma. Attempts to expand beyond employment but still remain within ‘the labour market’ are doomed to failure. Examples from families and prisons illustrate how ... More


Life and Labor in the New New South

Robert Zieger (ed.)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813037950
eISBN:
9780813043111
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037950.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Life and Labor in the New New South is a collection of original essays by both established and younger scholars. Robert Zieger's introduction outlines the key economic, demographic, and political ... More


Revolutionary Thought Reform: The Communist Version, 1946–1956

Jan Kiely

in The Compelling Ideal: Thought Reform and the Prison in China, 1901-1956

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780300185942
eISBN:
9780300186376
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300185942.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

Beginning with an account of the accelerated expansion of the penal reformation and thought reform systems under Kuomintang and Communist authorities amid the late 1940s civil war, this chapter ... More


Prison Authority and the ‘Inmate Elites’

Vincent Shing Cheng

in Hypocrisy: The Tales and Realities of Drug Detainees in China

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9789888455683
eISBN:
9789888455645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455683.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

This chapter examines former drug detainees’ experiences of everyday life in the prisons. I look specifically at the power relationship between the detention officers and the powerful inmates (whom I ... More


Continuity and Change at Raiford

Vivien M. L. Miller (ed.)

in Hard Labor and Hard Time: Florida's "Sunshine Prison" and Chain Gangs

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780813039855
eISBN:
9780813043760
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813039855.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapters 7, 8, and 9 focus largely on the experiences of Grade 2 inmates at Raiford prison farm during the 1930s and 1940s. This chapter examines official efforts to prolong commercial farming as an ... More


Work in the Walled City: Labor and Discipline in California’s Prisons

Ethan Blue

in Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814709405
eISBN:
9780814723166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814709405.003.0002
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter discusses labor in California prisons in the 1930s. California prisoners' labor was a coercive meritocracy of promotion and demotion geared toward social control, and it mimicked many of ... More


Ambiguities of Free Labor Revisited: The Convict Labor Question in Progressive-Era New York

Barry Cushman

in Making Legal History: Essays in Honor of William E. Nelson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814725269
eISBN:
9780814708286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814725269.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Legal History

In his prizewinning book on the Fourteenth Amendment, Professor William E. Nelson warned that “human rights concepts…are of no help in deciding the great mass of cases in which two or more possible ... More


The Right to have Rights as Citizenship

Alison Kesby

in The Right to Have Rights: Citizenship, Humanity, and International Law

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199600823
eISBN:
9780191738272
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600823.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

Chapter 3 examines the right to have rights in terms of citizenship: membership of the political community. Arendt’s conception of citizenship forms the starting point of the analysis, and the ... More


From Can See to Can’t: Agricultural Labor and Industrial Reform on Texas Penal Plantations

Ethan Blue

in Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814709405
eISBN:
9780814723166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814709405.003.0003
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter discusses labor in Texas prisons in the 1930s. Since the prison was situated on over seventy thousand acres of fertile agricultural land, labor assignments were geared toward ... More


Thirty Minutes behind the Walls: Prison Radio and the Popular Culture of Punishment

Ethan Blue

in Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814709405
eISBN:
9780814723166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814709405.003.0005
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter discusses the emergence of radio broadcasts as a new element of penal discipline in the late Depression. As New Deal-era labor laws such as such as the Hawes-Cooper Act (1929) and the ... More


Slaving in Prison: A Three-Part Indictment

D. Shawnna and Edaleen Smith

in Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520252493
eISBN:
9780520944565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0063
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter presents three excerpts from a prisoners' newspaper, The Fire Inside, a publication of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. The articles lay out a critique of labor conditions ... More


The Perils of Association

Anoma Pieris

in Hidden Hands and Divided Landscapes: A Penal History of Singapore's Plural Society

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832216
eISBN:
9780824870157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832216.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter provides insights into the penal subculture using letters, petitions, and lawsuits as evidence. It looks at how prisoners manipulated the material culture that was otherwise denied to ... More


“Feets Don’t Fail Me Now”: Navigating an Unpaved, Rocky Road to, through, and from the Last Slave Plantation

Daniel E. Atkinson

in Civic Labors: Scholar Activism and Working-Class Studies

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040498
eISBN:
9780252098932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

In this chapter, the author examines prison labor and the relationship between imprisoned people and society more generally by focusing on the case of inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at ... More


Night and Fog: The Regime and Its Captives

Padraic Kenney

in Dance in Chains: Imprisonment in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199375745
eISBN:
9780190840075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199375745.003.0003
Subject:
History, World Modern History, European Modern History

What do states do with the opponents they have imprisoned? This chapter explores the treatment of prisoners as a way to understand political incarceration. For political prisoners, arbitrary and ... More


Hypocrisy: The Tales and Realities of Drug Detainees in China

Vincent Shing Cheng

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9789888455683
eISBN:
9789888455645
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455683.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

Although the official propaganda surrounding the drug detainees in China is that of helping, educating, and saving them from their drug habits and the drug dealers who lure them into drug abuse, it ... More


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