Life in the Big House

Edited by Vivien M. L. Miller

in Hard Labor and Hard Time

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039855
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043760 | DOI:
Life in the Big House

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This chapter contrasts the experiences of the prison farm's employee and inmate communities. Drawing on the oral testimony and published memoirs of those who grew up at the prison as well as on newspaper and official sources, it explores the society created by free inhabitants of the prison world in the interwar years. The chapter goes on to examine the prisoners' world—its expanding leisure and educational opportunities as well as the provision of religious activities for inmates from the 1930s through the early 1950s.

Keywords: James McLendon; prison guards; growing up/childhood in a prison; masculinity; prisoner hierarchy; women prisoners; sex; bibliotherapy and education; music; alcohol and drug abuse

Chapter.  12022 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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