From the Plantation to the Prison: African American Confinement Literature

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This book is an examination of the various forms that African-American imprisonment, as a social, historical, and political experience, has taken. Confinement describes the status of individuals who are placed within boundaries-either seen or unseen-but always felt. A word that suggests extensive implications, confinement describes the status of persons who are imprisoned and who are unjustly relegated to a social status that is hostile, rendering them powerless and subject to the rules of the authorities. ...
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Overview

This book is an examination of the various forms that African-American imprisonment, as a social, historical, and political experience, has taken. Confinement describes the status of individuals who are placed within boundaries-either seen or unseen-but always felt. A word that suggests extensive implications, confinement describes the status of persons who are imprisoned and who are unjustly relegated to a social status that is hostile, rendering them powerless and subject to the rules of the authorities. Arguably, confinement appropriately describes the status of African Americans who have endured spaces of confinement, which include, but are not limited to plantations, Jim Crow societies, and prisons. At specific times, these "spaces of confinement" have been used to oppress African Americans socially, politically, and spiritually. Contributors examine the related experiences of Malcolm X, Bigger Thomas of Native Son, and Angela Davis.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780881460902
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Voices of the African Diaspora Ser.
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface Chester J. Fontenot, Jr. Fontenot, Chester J., Jr.

Introduction Tara T. Green Green, Tara T. 1

Pt. I Identifying the Boundaries of Confinement 9

Writing from No Man's Land: The Black Man's Quest for Freedom from behind the Walls Carol E. Henderson Henderson, Carol E. 11

Lessons before Dying: The Contemporary Confined Character-in-Process Dana A. Williams Williams, Dana A. 32

Mind-Blown: Possibility and Trauma in Native Son Terry Bozeman Bozeman, Terry 58

Pt. II Confined Spaces and Places 81

Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson before Dying: Freedom in Confined Spaces Katherine Daley Daley, Katherine Carolyn M. Jones Jones, Carolyn M. 83

Doing Time in/as "The Monster": Abject Identity in African-American Prison Literature Kimberly Drake Drake, Kimberly 118

Faith's Fickle Covenant: African-American Captivity Narratives from the Vietnam War Jeff Loeb Loeb, Jeff 154

Contributors 179

Index 181

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2008

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    Must have!

    I bought copies for my friends and family. All of us learned about the connection between blacks who have been imprisoned and those who were in slavery. This book has opened my eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2009

    From the Plantation to the Prison

    I highly recommend this book to others because it is very useful for research and for students or just general reading. It has a lot of clarity about slavery and the incarceration of blacks. A very interesting book,especially for blacks.

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