Mass imprisonment is one of the defining political events of the 21st century, a socio-political phenomenon that defines life for millions of Americans. Sixteen years after the publication of Larry Goldsmith's influential article "History from the Inside Out: Prison Life in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts," which called for a new focus on history from the prisoner's perspective, there remains a lacuna in the study of the hidden lives of prison inmates.
I am a penal historian currently working on issues relating to the social ecosystem of mid-twentieth century American prisons and I would like to get a panel together for the 2015 AHA that will address, from various perspectives, the historiographical possibilities offered through the study of prisoners and their environments. I welcome all manner of perspectives on this matter, including focuses on asylums, concentration camps, juvenile detention centres, and therapeutic facilities of various kinds.
If you're interested, or if you have any questions, please get in touch.
University of Florida
Department of History Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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