Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and by Ethan Blue

By Ethan Blue

As banks crashed, belts tightened, and cabinets emptied around the kingdom, American prisons grew fats. Doing Time within the melancholy tells the tale of the Thirties as noticeable from the phone blocks and cotton fields of Texas and California prisons, kingdom associations that held growing to be numbers of operating humans from round the nation and the world--overwhelmingly negative, disproportionately non-white, and displaced by way of fiscal crisis.

Ethan Blue paints a vibrant portrait of lifestyle inside of Texas and California’s penal platforms. every one section of felony life--from numbing boredom to demanding exertions, from meager excitement in pop culture to crushing discomfort from disease or violence--demonstrated a competition among keepers and the saved. From the instant they arrived to the day they might depart, inmates struggled over the meanings of race and manhood, strength and poverty, and of the country itself. during this richly layered account, Blue compellingly argues that punishment in California and Texas performed a severe function in generating a particular set of sophistication, race, and gender identities within the Thirties, a few of which bolstered the social hierarchies and ideologies of recent Deal the United States, and others of which undercut and afflicted the proven social order. He finds the bottom of the trendy country in very assorted criminal platforms, and the making of grim associations whose energy might purely develop around the century.

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