Slavery and Prison – Understanding the Connections

by Kim Gilmore “I’M BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THAT `U.S.A.’ STANDS FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED Slaves of America” (Esposito and Wood, 1982: 149), wrote a 20th-century prisoner from Mississippi in a letter detailing the daily violence he witnessed behind prison walls. His statement resounds with a long tradition of prisoners, particularly African-American prisoners, who have used the […]

‘This is human trafficking’: After Maria, Puerto Rico to move 3,200 inmates to Arizona

Oliver Laughland – August 7, 2018 When Maria pounded the concrete walls and rusted iron gates of the Bayamón correctional complex last September, inmates here watched in fear through the reinforced windows and metal bars. “We went without running water for weeks, without electricity for weeks,” says inmate Joseph Villalobos, who sat in the open […]

Hiz-story iz not My-story (Our-story)

  Synopsis of the book, ‘Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories’, 1513-26, Ashgate Publishing, trans. and ed. Trevor P. Hall (2015). Trevor P. Hall 2015-11-17, Issue 751 cc BHMThe translated manuscripts present a revisionist view of early Atlantic slave trading, by showing that the human […]