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Title:
Penitentiaries, reformatories, and chain gangs : social theory and the history of punishment in nineteenth-century America
Author:
Colvin, Mark, 1947-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
x, 294 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312173272
Format :
Book

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The definition of punishment in America has been subjected to a variety of changes and has served as the basis for much debate over the course of U.S. history. Just how far the reach of penal authority should extend, and exactly what limits to it should be imposed, are questions explored here by sociologist Dr. Mark Colvin, who has extensive experience working in penitentiaries and correction agencies.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. Introductionp. 1
2. Rival Theories of the Transformation of Punishment Systems and Penal Practicesp. 7
Part I. Case Study One: The Rise and Consolidation of the Penitentiary in the Northeastp. 29
3. From Colonies to Early Republic: The Rise of the Penitentiary in the Northeastp. 31
4. Market Revolution and the Consolidation of the Penitentiary in the Northeastp. 73
5. Applying Theories to the Rise and Consolidation of the Penitentiary in the Northeastp. 109
Part II. Case Study Two: The Transformation of Gender Roles and the Punishment of Women Offenders in the Northp. 129
6. Before the Civil War: "True Womanhood" and the "Depraved" Female Offenderp. 131
7. The Purity Crusade, Progressivism, and the Development of Women's Reformatories: From the Civil War to 1920p. 153
8. Applying Theories to the Transformation of the Punishment of Women Offendersp. 185
Part III. Case Study Three: The Transformation of Criminal Punishment in the Southp. 199
9. From Slavery to Reconstruction: Penitentiaries and Chain Gangsp. 201
10. Redemption and the New South: Convict Leasing and Lynchingp. 227
11. Applying Theories to the Transformation of Punishment in the Southp. 255
Conclusion: Nineteenth-Century Legacies: Understanding Today's Corrections Systemp. 267
Referencesp. 275
Indexp. 285

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