By Henry Kamerling
Both within the renowned mind's eye and in educational discourse, North and
South are awarded as essentially divergent penal platforms within the aftermath of the Civil War,
a distinction mapped onto greater perceived cultural disparities among the 2 areas. The
South’s put up Civil conflict include of chain gangs and convict leasing occupies such a
fashionable place within the nation’s mind's eye that it has come to symbolize one in all the
region’s hallmark ameliorations from the North. The areas are assorted, the argument
is going, simply because they punish differently.
Capital and Convict
demanding situations this assumption through delivering a comparative examine of Illinois’s and South
Carolina’s formal nation penal structures within the fifty years after the Civil conflict. Henry
Kamerling argues that even though punishment used to be racially inflected either in the course of Reconstruction and
after, shared, nonracial elements outlined either states' penal platforms all through this era. The
similarities within the lived stories of inmates in either states recommend that the preferred focus
at the racial features of southern punishment has shielded us from an exam of
very important underlying elements that end up simply as central—if no more so—in shaping the realities
of crime and punishment during the United States.
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Capital and Convict: Race, Region, and Punishment in Post–Civil War America (The American South Series) by Henry Kamerling