The Prison of Democracy

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Title

The Prison of Democracy

Subject

Democracy

Description

Built in the 1890s at the center of the nation, Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary was designed specifically to be a replica of the US Capitol Building. But why? The Prison of Democracy explains the political significance of a prison built to mimic one of America’s monuments to democracy. Locating Leavenworth in memory, history, and law, the prison geographically sits at the borders of Indian Territory (1825–1854) and Bleeding Kansas (1854–1864), both sites of contestation over slavery and freedom. Author Sara M. Benson argues that Leavenworth reshaped the design of punishment in America by gradually normalizing state-inflicted violence against citizens. Leavenworth’s peculiar architecture illustrates the real roots of mass incarceration—as an explicitly race- and nation-building system that has been ingrained in the very fabric of US history rather than as part of a recent post-war racial history. The book sheds light on the truth of the painful relationship between the carceral state and democracy in the United States—a relationship that thrives to this day.

Creator

Sara M. Benson

Source

https://www.luminosoa.org/site/books/10.1525/luminos.66/read/?loc=001.xhtml

Publisher

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS

Date

2019

Contributor

Baihaqi

Rights

Creative Commons

Format

Ebooks

Language

English

Type

Textbook

Files

Citation

Sara M. Benson, “The Prison of Democracy,” Open Educational Resource (OER) - USK Library, accessed February 26, 2024, http://uilis.usk.ac.id/oer/items/show/2773.

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