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Ain't Scared of Your Jail – Arrest, Imprisonment, and the Civil Rights Movement - Florida Scholarship Online
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Ain't Scared of Your Jail: Arrest, Imprisonment, and the Civil Rights Movement

Zoe A. Colley


During the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, thousands of people were incarcerated in southern jails as a result of their involvement with the civil rights movement. This book follows those activists inside the jail cell to explore the trials and tribulations of life as a civil rights prisoner. It highlights the conditions inside southern jails, activists’ interactions with “ordinary” prisoners, and the importance of race and gender in shaping the prisoners’ treatment. It also reveals how, beyond the jail cell, the movement sought to counter such repression via an ideology that embraced imprisonment as ... More

Keywords: Civil rights movement, Black power, Prisons, Jails, American South, Criminal justice system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813042411
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoe A. Colley, author