The Prison of Democracy: Race, Leavenworth, and the Culture of Law

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The Prison of Democracy: Race, Leavenworth, and the Culture of Law

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Built in the 1890s at the center of the nation, Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary was designed as a replica of the US Capitol Building. The Prison of Democracy explains the political significance of a prison built to mimic one of America’s monuments to democracy at the borders of Indian Territory (1825–1854) and Bleeding Kansas (1854–1864), both sites of contestation over slavery and freedom. Leavenworth's peculiar architecture illustrates the real roots of mass incarceration—as an explicitly race- and nation-building system ingrained in the very fabric of US history rather than as part of a recent post-war racial history.

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9780520296961

Publication Date

4-2019

Publisher

University of California Press

Disciplines

Criminology | Other Political Science | Race and Ethnicity | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

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