Race and the Sexual Politics of Prison Reform

Sarah Haley

in No Mercy Here

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print April 2016 | ISBN: 9781469627595
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781469627618
Race and the Sexual Politics of Prison Reform

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Chapter three provides a detailed study of black and white clubwomen’s efforts to eliminate convict leasing. Central to the comparative analysis of the National Association of Colored Women and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union is their divergent approaches to the rape of black women by prison guards. This chapter engages the complexities of reform and respectability in southern women’s organizational politics in the early twentieth century.

Keywords: Reform; Rape; Clubwomen; National Association of Colored Women; Mary Church Terrell; Respectability; Selena Sloan Butler; Convict leasing

Chapter.  15148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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