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Hard Labor and Hard TimeFlorida's "Sunshine Prison" and Chain Gangs$
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Vivien M. L. Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039855

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039855.001.0001

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Life in the Big House

Life in the Big House

(p.240) 9 Life in the Big House
Hard Labor and Hard Time
Vivien M. L. Miller
University Press of Florida

This chapter contrasts the experiences of the prison farm's employee and inmate communities. Drawing on the oral testimony and published memoirs of those who grew up at the prison as well as on newspaper and official sources, it explores the society created by free inhabitants of the prison world in the interwar years. The chapter goes on to examine the prisoners' world—its expanding leisure and educational opportunities as well as the provision of religious activities for inmates from the 1930s through the early 1950s.

Keywords:   James McLendon, prison guards, growing up/childhood in a prison, masculinity, prisoner hierarchy, women prisoners, sex, bibliotherapy and education, music, alcohol and drug abuse

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