Approx. 512 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 23 halftones, 3 maps, 4 graphs, 12 tables
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5357-0
Published: January 2020
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Drawing from three decades of legal documents compiled by prisoners, Robert T. Chase narrates the struggle to change prison from within. Prisoners forged an alliance with the NAACP to contest the constitutionality of Texas prisons. Behind bars, a prisoner coalition of Chicano Movement and Black Power organizations publicized their deplorable conditions as “slaves of the state” and initiated a prison-made civil rights revolution and labor protest movement. Told from the vantage point of the prisoners themselves, this book highlights untold but devastatingly important truths about the histories of labor, civil rights, and politics in the United States.
Published in association with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
About the Author
Robert T. Chase is assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University.
For more information about Robert T. Chase, visit the Author Page.
"This book is filled with agonizing accounts of state-sanctioned violence, clear analysis of the role of incarceration in shoring up the old Jim Crow, and breathtaking narratives of the struggles of ordinary prisoners to expose the system’s underlying brutality. A must-read, tragic book."--Max Krochmal, author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era
"Chase’s excellent work adds a great deal to our understanding of the lives of prisoners, prison discipline, and the complexities of racism, labor, sexuality, and resistance."--Mary Ellen Curtin, American University