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New Primary Source Set: Incarceration

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[caption id="attachment_9875" align="alignright" width="218"]Miss [Lucy] Burns in Occoquan Workhouse, Washington. Miss [Lucy] Burns in Occoquan Workhouse, Washington.[/caption]In an age of mass incarceration, tracing the origins and history of detainment is a meaningful exercise in understanding the current situation of imprisonment in the United States. Drawing on items such as images, maps, political cartoons, and reports available from the digital collections of the Library of Congress, a picture of incarceration in the America comes into focus. Woven into the primary source set is an emphasis on the role of prison reform and efforts to address prison living conditions and rehabilitation efforts. While this set is by no means exhaustive, it provides a range of sources aimed at giving a range of primary sources on a vast and complex subject.

View more details, or download and access the primary source set online Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress.

Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.