Description : The United States has built a carceral state that is unprecedented among Western countries and in US history. Nearly one in 50 people, excluding children and the elderly, is incarcerated today, a rate unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. What are some of the main political forces that explain this unprecedented reliance on mass imprisonment? Throughout American history, crime and punishment have been central features of American political development. This 2006 book examines the development of four key movements that mediated the construction of the carceral state in important ways: the victims' movement, the women's movement, the prisoners' rights movement, and opponents of the death penalty. This book argues that punitive penal policies were forged by particular social movements and interest groups within the constraints of larger institutional structures and historical developments that distinguish the United States from other Western countries.
Description : In this book, for the first time, we can hear the startling, moving voices of adventurous and rebellious Japanese women as they eloquently challenged the social repression of prewar Japan. The extraordinary women whose memoirs, recollections, and essays are presented here constitute a strong current in the history of modern Japanese life from the 1880s to the outbreak of the Pacific War.
Description : This book gives the actual account of murders that received the death penalty with the facts of the case and the events of the hangings. The facts are real with the actual names of the victims and the perpetrator along with the sheriff, judges that sentenced them and others that were involved. The hangings listed here cover a period of about forty years in East Tennessee. One of the men that was hanged build the scaffold he was hanged on for someone else two years before. One of the men that was hanged had the rope to break twice so he was hanged three times before he was dead. Some of the most horrendous murders ever committed are detailed here. Twenty-nine hangings, nine are black men and twenty are white, sixteen are single hangings, five are double hangings, and one is a triple hanging.
Description : This book is a literary exploration of Mark Twain's writings on crime in the American West and its intersection with morality, gender and justice. Writing from his office at the Enterprise newspaper in the Nevada Territory, Twain employed a distinct style of crime writing--one that sensationalized facts and included Twain's personal philosophies and observations. Covering Twain's journalism, fictional works and his own personal letters, this book contextualizes the writer's coverage of crime through his anxieties about westward expansion and the promise of a utopian West. Twain's observations on the West often reflected common perceptions of the day, positioning him as a "voice of the people" on issues like crime, punishment and gender.
Description : A collection of fourteen true accounts of daring prison escapes. These include Philip Dixon, who walked seminaked from Portsmouth to Wales after escaping from a prison hulk and John Gasken and Fred Amey, who used a ladder to climb over Dartmoor’s Wall whilst part of a supervised work party.
Description : It's late at night, and you're on a tour of a so-called haunted house. You see something out of the corner of your eye and quickly snap a photo. Your hands tremble as you lower the camera. Your eyes widen as you stare at the image you've just captured. A face seems to be lurking in the background. But when you look up, there’s no one standing there! Was it a ghost? Ghost sightings are reported all the time. Many are easily explained. Others are harder to dismiss. But is there any proof? To find out, Kelly Milner Halls explored haunted houses. She examined photographs and investigated eyewitness accounts from ghost hunters, mediums, and paranormal experts. What's the verdict? Are the spirits of the dead wandering among us? Explore her findings and decide for yourself.