One Dies, Get Another
Convict Leasing in the American South, 1866-1928
He describes the prisoners' daily existence, profiles the individuals who leased convicts, and reveals both the inhumanity of the leasing laws and the centrality of race relations in the establishment and perpetuation of convict leasing.
In considering the longevity of the practice, Mancini takes issue with the widespread notion that convict leasing was an aberration in a generally progressive history of criminal justice. In explaining its dramatic demise, Mancini contends that moral opposition was a distinctly minor force in the abolition of the practice and that only a combination of rising lease prices and years of economic decline forced an end to convict leasing in the South.
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"An important study of the rise, operation, and abandonment of convict leasing in the South from the end of the Civil War to the early twentieth century, detailing its political, cultural, and economic impacts. Based on extensive primary research, it provides a state-by-state examination of this means of labor control, one that became important to the southern adjustment to the end of slavery. It is essential reading for all concern with southern history, black history, and the history of penal institutions."—Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester
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