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

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

First Printing (by the Numbers) Edition

Draws on police records, prison documents, and oral history to examine Mississippi's state penitentiary and Jim Crow justice, from the era of the cottonfield chain gangs to the 1960s

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.

From Scientific American

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; First Printing (by the Numbers) edition (April 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684830957
  • ISBN-13: 9780684830957

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces