Eastern State Penitentiary: A History (Paperback)

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By Paul Kahan, Richard Fulmer (Foreword by)
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The only comprehensive history of one of America's most infamous prisons, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.

Looming on the horizon like a storm cloud made of stone, the Eastern State Penitentiary spent more than a century as the fortress that both the law-abiding and criminal feared. In this superbly balanced and thoroughly researched volume, Paul Kahan presents the history of this revolutionary penitentiary, from its inception as a model of the revolutionary Pennsylvania System of incarceration in 1829 to the demands for its closure in the wake of ever-increasing violence in 1971. Through tales of spectacular escapes, official corruption, reformation and retribution, Kahan chronicles the tensions that plagued Eastern State since the arrival of its first prisoners.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596294035
ISBN-10: 1596294035
Publisher: History Press (SC)
Publication Date: September 1st, 2008
Pages: 126
Language: English