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The Resource With liberty for some : 500 years of imprisonment in America, Scott Christianson

With liberty for some : 500 years of imprisonment in America, Scott Christianson

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With liberty for some : 500 years of imprisonment in America
Title
With liberty for some
Title remainder
500 years of imprisonment in America
Statement of responsibility
Scott Christianson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Exposes the hidden record of the nation's prison heritage, illuminating the forces underlying the paradox of a country that sanctifies individual liberty while it continues to build and maintain a growing complex of totalitarian institutions
  • From Columbus's voyages to the New World through today's prison expansion movements, incarceration has played an important, yet disconcerting, role in American history. In this sweeping examination of imprisonment in the United States over five centuries, Scott Christianson exposes the hidden record of the nation's prison heritage, illuminating the forces underlying the paradox of a country that sanctifies individual liberty while it continues to build and maintain a growing complex of totalitarian institutions. Based on exhaustive research and the author's insider's knowledge of the criminal justice system, this book provides an absorbing, well-written chronicle of imprisonment in its many forms. Interweaving his narrative with the moving, often shocking, personal stories of the prisoners themselves and their keepers, Christianson considers convict transports to the colonies; the international trade in captive indentured servants, slaves, and military conscripts; life under slavery; the transition from colonial jails to model state prisons; the experience of domestic prisoners of war and political prisoners; the creation of the penitentiary; and the evolution of contemporary corrections. His penetrating study of this broad spectrum of confinement reveals that slavery and prisons have been inextricably linked throughout American history. He also examines imprisonment within the context of the larger society. This book is a thought-provoking work that will shed new light on the ways in which imprisonment has shaped the American experience. As the author writes: 'prison is the black flower of civilization -- a durable weed that refuses to die'
Cataloging source
DLC
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Christianson, Scott
Dewey number
365/.973
Index
index present
LC call number
HV9466
LC item number
.C47 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Prisoners
  • Imprisonment
  • Prisons
  • Emprisonnement
  • Prisonniers
  • Prisons
  • Prisonniers
  • Emprisonnement
  • Prisons
  • Imprisonment
  • Prisoners
  • Prisons
  • United States
  • Gevangenisstraf
  • Gevangenen
  • Gevangeniswezen
  • Geschichte
  • Strafvollzug
  • Nordamerika
  • USA
  • USA
Label
With liberty for some : 500 years of imprisonment in America, Scott Christianson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Rise of the Prisoner Trade
  • A Land of Prisoners and Keepers
  • Prisoners of the Revolution
  • Little Man in the Big House
  • Scandal and Reform
  • The Golden Age of Political Prisoners
  • Doing Time
  • Full Circle
Control code
ocm39013834
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 394 pages
Isbn
9781555534684
Lccn
98023541
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o39013834
  • (OCoLC)39013834
Label
With liberty for some : 500 years of imprisonment in America, Scott Christianson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Rise of the Prisoner Trade
  • A Land of Prisoners and Keepers
  • Prisoners of the Revolution
  • Little Man in the Big House
  • Scandal and Reform
  • The Golden Age of Political Prisoners
  • Doing Time
  • Full Circle
Control code
ocm39013834
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 394 pages
Isbn
9781555534684
Lccn
98023541
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o39013834
  • (OCoLC)39013834

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