Rethinking the American Prison Movement provides a short, accessible overview of the transformational and ongoing struggles against America’s prison system. Dan Berger and Toussaint Losier show that prisoners have used strikes, lawsuits, uprisings, writings, and diverse coalitions with free-world allies to challenge prison conditions and other kinds of inequality. From the forced labor camps of the nineteenth century to the rebellious protests of the 1960s and 1970s to the rise of mass incarceration and its discontents, Rethinking the American Prison Movement is invaluable to anyone interested in the history of American prisons and the struggles for justice still echoing in the present day.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||American Social and Political Movements of the 20th Century Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Dan Berger is Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, and the author of Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, among other cities.
Toussaint Losier is Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Heather A. Thompson is Professor of History in The Department of Afro-American and African Studies. The Residential College, and The Department of History at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising and Its Legacy (Pantheon, 2016).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Roots: Challenging Prison Slavery and Political Repression, 1865–1940
Chapter 2: Rights: Fighting Prison Jim Crow, 1940–1968
Chapter 3: Revolution: The Prison Rebellion Years, 1968–1972
Chapter 4: Radicalism: Unions, Feminism, and the Crisis of Prison Managerialism, 1973–1980
Chapter 5: Retrenchment: Mass Incarceration and the Remaking of the Prison Movement, 1980–1998