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"Detention castles of stone and steel": An historical archaeology of the first Rhode Island State Prison, 1838--1878


1999 1999

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Punishment and the proper means of rehabilitating and reforming criminals stand at the forefront of public concern in American society. This dissertation examines the historical precedents of the modern debate over imprisonment by considering power, work, and the manner in which they were negotiated within the world of the nineteenth-century reform institution.

The primary case study derives from historical archaeological investigations of Rhode Island's first State Prison in Providence. Constructed in 1838, the prison was enlarged and rebuilt in several phases before its abandonment in 1877 and its demolition in 1893. Other case studies include the Smithfield (Rhode Island) Town Farm and Asylum (1834–1870), established to meet the local need for poor relief, and the various orphanages, asylums, and juvenile reform structures at the State Farm in Howard, Rhode Island. Archaeological and architectural analyses of these complexes address different aspects of the questions raised in this dissertation about the relationship between landscape, labor, and power in the milieu of industrial capitalism.

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Subject
Archaeology;
American studies;
Criminology
Classification
0324: Archaeology
0323: American studies
0627: Criminology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Crime, Historical archaeology, Punishment, Rhode Island, State Prison
Title
"Detention castles of stone and steel": An historical archaeology of the first Rhode Island State Prison, 1838--1878
Author
Garman, James Curtis
Number of pages
276
Publication year
1999
Degree date
1999
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 60/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599530102, 0599530103
Advisor
Wobst, H. Martin
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9950155
ProQuest document ID
304516085
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304516085
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