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  • The Architecture of Liberalism and the Origins of Carceral Democracy

    Sara M. Benson

    Chapter from the book: Benson, S. 2019. The Prison of Democracy: Race, Leavenworth, and the Culture of Law.

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    This chapter studies the emergence of federal prisons through the subtext of civil death in the gothic architecture of state prisons. It explores the earliest roots of a newly developing federal prison system during a period of time when federal courts sentenced federal prisoners to state institutions. Leavenworth emerged through nineteenth-century gothic architecture of fortresses and castles, rather than in 1887 or 1895, as previously understood. Chapter 1’s purpose is to determine the influence nineteenth-century gothic architecture had on the federal prison system, specifically Leavenworth.

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    Benson, S. 2019. The Architecture of Liberalism and the Origins of Carceral Democracy. In: Benson, S, The Prison of Democracy. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.66.b
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    Published on April 16, 2019

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