9780684830957

Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice

ISBN 10: 0684830957 / 0-684-83095-7
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Publisher: Free Pr
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Softcover
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A frightening journey into one of the most infamous prisons in America-and one of the most shameful periods in American history....[Drawing] on police and prison records and oral histories, David M. Oshinsky presents an account of Mississippi's notorious Parchman Farm: what it tells us about our past is well worth remembering in a nation deeply divided by race.


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"David Oshinsky's chronicle...is thoroughly scrupulous and, considering the subject matter, remarkably restrained. Readers should be warned, though, that the details with which his narrative is burdened are often sickening; one reads 'Worse Than Slavery' with a sick stomach and an aching heart."

Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World, 03/31/1996

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"Mr. Oshinsky places the story of Mississippi's notorious Parchman prison farm in the context of sharecropping, convict leasing, lynching, and the legalized segregation that replaced slavery. In vigorous, hard-hitting prose, he exposes the nature of the new system of race relations that was indeed worse in some ways than the kind abolished in 1865."

James M. McPherson, New York Times Book Review, 04/28/1996

 

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Book Description: Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education Company), United Kingdom, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 216 x 146 mm. Brand New Book. Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era - and beyond. Southern prisons have been immortalized in convict work songs, in the blues, and in movies such as Cool Hand Luke and The Defiant Ones. Mississippi s Parchman Penitentiary was the grandfather of them all, an immense, isolated plantation with shotguns, whips, and bloodhounds, where inmates worked the cotton fields in striped clothing from dawn to dusk. William Faulkner described Parchman as destination doom. Its convicts included bluesmen like Son House and Bukka White, who featured the prison in the legendary Midnight Special and Parchman Farm Blues. Noted historian David M. Oshinsky draws on prison records, pardon files, folklore, oral history, and the blues to offer an unforgettable portrait of Parchman and Jim Crow justice - from the horrors of convict leasing in the late nineteenth century to the struggle for black equality in the 1960s, when Parchman was used to break the spirit of civil rights workers who journeyed south on the Freedom Rides. In Mississippi, the criminal justice system often proved that there could be something worse than slavery. The old Parchman is gone, a casualty of federal court orders in the 1970s. What it tells us about our past is well worth remembering in a nation deeply divided by race. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780684830957

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Book Description: Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education Company), United Kingdom, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 216 x 146 mm. Brand New Book. Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era - and beyond. Southern prisons have been immortalized in convict work songs, in the blues, and in movies such as Cool Hand Luke and The Defiant Ones. Mississippi s Parchman Penitentiary was the grandfather of them all, an immense, isolated plantation with shotguns, whips, and bloodhounds, where inmates worked the cotton fields in striped clothing from dawn to dusk. William Faulkner described Parchman as destination doom. Its convicts included bluesmen like Son House and Bukka White, who featured the prison in the legendary Midnight Special and Parchman Farm Blues. Noted historian David M. Oshinsky draws on prison records, pardon files, folklore, oral history, and the blues to offer an unforgettable portrait of Parchman and Jim Crow justice - from the horrors of convict leasing in the late nineteenth century to the struggle for black equality in the 1960s, when Parchman was used to break the spirit of civil rights workers who journeyed south on the Freedom Rides. In Mississippi, the criminal justice system often proved that there could be something worse than slavery. The old Parchman is gone, a casualty of federal court orders in the 1970s. What it tells us about our past is well worth remembering in a nation deeply divided by race. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780684830957

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