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In 1868, the state of Georgia began to make its rapidly growing population of prisoners available for hire. The resulting convict leasing system ensnared not only men but also African American women, who were forced to labor in camps and factories to make profits for private investors. In this vivid work of history, Talitha L. LeFlouria draws from a rich array of primary sources to piece together the stories of these women, recounting what they endured in Georgia's prison system and what their labor accomplished. LeFlouria argues that African American women's presence within the convict lease and chain-gang systems of Georgia helped to modernize the South by creating a new and dynamic set of skills for black women. At the same time, female inmates struggled to resist physical and sexual exploitation and to preserve their human dignity within a hostile climate of terror. This revealing history redefines the social context of black women's lives and labor in the New South and allows their stories to be told for the first time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Prologue: Between Sound and Silence
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Introduction: “Only Woman Blacksmith in America Is a Convict”
  2. pp. 4-20
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  1. 1. The Gendered Anatomy of “Negro Crime”
  2. pp. 21-60
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  1. 2. Black Women and Convict Leasing in the “Empire State” of the New South
  2. pp. 61-102
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  1. 3. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Cuts Cordwood: Prison Camps for Women
  2. pp. 103-139
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  1. 4. Sustaining the “Weak and Feeble”: Women Workers and the Georgia State Prison Farm
  2. pp. 140-171
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  1. 5. Broken, Ruined, and Wrecked: Women on the Chain Gang
  2. pp. 172-188
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  1. Epilogue: The Sound of Broken Silence
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-258
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469623283
Related ISBN
9781469622477
MARC Record
OCLC
913829028
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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