Leavenworth Penitentiary: A History of America's Oldest Federal Prison

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Leavenworth Penitentiary presents the most detailed account ever written of life inside America's oldest federal prison--the years of construction with unskilled prison labor, the covered wagon journey from Indian Territory by the parents of a young prisoner, of escapes and attempted escapes, the lonely inmate cemetery known as Peckerwood Hill, the machinations of cunnign Robert Stroud, the so-called "Birdman of Alcatraz," former world's heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson who reportedly had his own private supply of liquor and cigars, and how early wardens found safe haven for women prisoners consigned to their custody. These stories are drawn from more than a hundred years of newspaper articles, from records maintained at the National Archives, and interviews with retired staff members who occasionally found a tender soul among the thousands of hardened convicts sent to Leavenworth.

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