No Mercy Here
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In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries imprisoned black women faced wrenching forms of gendered racial terror and heinous structures of economic exploitation. Subjugated as convict laborers and forced to serve additional time as domestic workers before they were allowed their freedom, black women faced a pitiless system of violence, terror, and debasement. Drawing upon black feminist criticism and a diverse array of archival materials, Sarah Haley uncovers imprisoned women's brutalization in local, county, and state convict labor systems, while also illuminating the prisoners' acts of resistance and sabotage, challenging ideologies of racial capitalism and patriarchy and offering alternative conceptions of social and political life.
A landmark history of black women's imprisonment in the South, this book recovers stories of the captivity and punishment of black women to demonstrate how the system of incarceration was crucial to organizing the logics of gender and race, and constructing Jim Crow modernity.
black women’s history, women’s labor history, prison studies, women’s blues, gender violence, convict labor in the South, gendered racial terror, Post 1865-African American History, women in Georgia, black feminism, chain gang in Georgia, convict leasing in Georgia, American Studies, southern carceral state, Milldegeville State Farm, intersectionality, African American Studies, feminist theory, carceral sabotage, carceral domesticity, Atlanta history, History of women’s imprisonment, southern history, southern women’s history, U.S. History, black studies, state violence against black women, U.S. Women’s/Gender History, history of racial terror, Jim Crow modernity