'Worse than Slavery': Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice

Oshinsky, David M.
Publisher:  The Free Press
Year Published:  1997
Pages:  320pp   ISBN:  0684830957
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX11453

After the abolition of slavery the white rulers of Mississippi developed a new system for keeping the ex-slaves in line: laws were passed to maintain white supremacy, including the system of convict leasing, a system whereby people could "hire" prisoners for physical labour outside the walls of prison.

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