Down on Parchman Farm: The Great Prison in the Mississippi Delta

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Down on Parchman Farm is a greatly revised edition of William Banks Taylor's Brokered Justice (1993). While Brokered Justice was a history of the prison system and prison reform in Mississippi, this new edition tells the story of Parchman Farm, from its beginnings as a penal farm at the turn of the century to the 1972 court decision that sealed its fate. Parchman Farm's story is rich in oral history. Taylor interviewed many former convicts, along with former employees of the penal system and a number of others ...
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Overview

Down on Parchman Farm is a greatly revised edition of William Banks Taylor's Brokered Justice (1993). While Brokered Justice was a history of the prison system and prison reform in Mississippi, this new edition tells the story of Parchman Farm, from its beginnings as a penal farm at the turn of the century to the 1972 court decision that sealed its fate. Parchman Farm's story is rich in oral history. Taylor interviewed many former convicts, along with former employees of the penal system and a number of others who had some association with the farm. Their memories and opinions form the heart of his narrative. Their testimonies support Taylor's assertion that, for all its problems, Parchman Farm was for many years a remarkably effective and humane penal institution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814250235
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 1,489,104
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Part 1 Mr. Vardaman's Farm, 1900-1934
1. Born of Politics 17
2. Dust in the Delta 34
3. The Mississippi System 46
Part 2 All Things to All People, 1934-1952
4. The Magnolia New Deal 73
5. A Little of This, a Little of That 90
6. High Tide 108
Part 3 Mississippi v. Mississippi, 1952-1972
7. Parchman under Siege 135
8. The Short Reign of the Scalawags 152
9. Rollin' with Ross 165
10. Caught Betwixt and Between 180
Epilogue 197
Notes 209
Index 237
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