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ISBN-10:
1596294035
ISBN-13:
9781596294035
Pub. Date:
09/01/2008
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
ISBN-10:
1596294035
ISBN-13:
9781596294035
Pub. Date:
09/01/2008
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Eastern State Penitentiary: A History

Eastern State Penitentiary: A History

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The only comprehensive history of one of America's most infamous prisons, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.

Looming on the horizon like a storm cloud made of stone, the Eastern State Penitentiary spent more than a century as the fortress that both the law-abiding and criminal feared. In this superbly balanced and thoroughly researched volume, Paul Kahan presents the history of this revolutionary penitentiary, from its inception as a model of the revolutionary Pennsylvania System of incarceration in 1829 to the demands for its closure in the wake of ever-increasing violence in 1971. Through tales of spectacular escapes, official corruption, reformation and retribution, Kahan chronicles the tensions that plagued Eastern State since the arrival of its first prisoners.



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ISBN-13: 9781596294035
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Series: Landmarks
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,093,337
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Paul Kahan is an adjunct professor of history and sociology at Philadelphia University. Dr. Kahan graduated with a BA from Alfred University in 2001, an MA in modern history and literature from Drew University in 2004 and, most recently, a PhD in American history from Temple University. He has also worked as an interpreter at the Eastern State Penitentiary, and a site administrator for the Fonthill Museum and the Bucks County Historical Society. He lives in suburban Philadelphia with his son, Alec. This is his first book.

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