This collection examines the history of the experience of female inmates in American prisons from the early nineteenth century to the twenty-first century. The contributors analyze women's efforts to exert agency and control over their bodies and experiences, issues of race and class, and how women's experiences differed from those of male inmates. -- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-174) and index.
"Secret Horrors": enslaved women and children in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, 1833-1862 / Brett Josef Derbes -- "In the care of the supposed powerful state": womem and children in the Virginia Penitentiary, 1800-1883 / Hilary L. Coulson -- Letters from inside: prison writings from Eastern State Penitentiary in the nineteenth century / Erica Rhodes Hayden -- "I thought if I got a chance I would do it": sexual negotiation by black women convicts in Texas, 1875-1915 / Theresa R. Jach -- "I beg for your mercy": the business of black women's bodies in the carceral state, 1880s-1960s / T. Dionne Bailey -- Discipline, resistance, and social control at the Illinois State Reformatory for Women, 1930-1962 / L. Mara Dodge -- Making mothers: teaching the virtues of motherhood at Westfield Reformatory, 1950s-1960s / Ilse Denisse Catalan -- "It's a way to get out of prison": writing and teaching in women's prisons / Breea C. Willingham