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

By Oshinsky, David, M.

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Book Id: WPLBN0100002656
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Reproduction Date: 04/22/1997

Title: Worse Than Slavery : Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice  
Author: Oshinsky, David, M.
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, History of America, Jim Crow
Collections: Authors Community, Politics
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Publisher: Free Press Paperbacks
Member Page: History Is A Weapon .org

In this sensitively told tale of suffering, brutality, and inhumanity, Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era—and beyond. Immortalized in blues songs and movies like Cool Hand Luke and The Defiant Ones, Mississippi’s infamous Parchman State Penitentiary was, in the pre-civil rights south, synonymous with cruelty. Now, noted historian David Oshinsky gives us the true story of the notorious prison, drawing on police records, prison documents, folklore, blues songs, and oral history, from the days of cotton-field chain gangs to the 1960s, when Parchman was used to break the wills of civil rights workers who journeyed south on Freedom Rides.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Prologue PART ONE: AFTER SLAVERY, BEFORE PARCHMAN 1. The Emancipation 2. The Mississippi Plan 3. American Siberia 4. The White Chief PART TWO: THE PARCHMAN ERA 5. The Birth and Birthplace 6. The Parchman Farm 7. The Other Parchman: White Men, Black Women 8. Going Home 9. Executioner's Song 10. A Farm with Slaves Epilogue Notes Index


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