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Buried lives : incarcerated in early America

Buried Lives offers the first critical examination of the experience of imprisonment in early America. These interdisciplinary essays investigate several carceral institutions to show how confinement shaped identity, politics, and the social imagery both in the colonies and in the new nation. The historians and literary scholars included in this volume offer a complement and corrective to conventional understandings of incarceration that privilege the intentions of those in power over the experiences of prisoners
Print Book, English, ©2012
University of Georgia Press, Athens, ©2012
xii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780820341194, 9780820341200, 0820341193, 0820341207
1: Brokering power behind bars
Hearing whispers, casting shadows
Incarcerated innocents
"Those insolent hardened husseys go on dispensing all rule & order here"
"Hopelessly hardened"
Universities of social and political change
2: Writing the carceral experience
Reading prisoners on the scaffold
Floating prisons
"The horrors of this far-famed penitentiary"
Harry Hawser's fate
"The floor was stained with the blood of a slave."
Includes index