Eastern State Penitentiary: A History

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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.
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ISBN: 9781596294035
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
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State: Pennsylvania
Series: Landmarks
Images: 68
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 7 (w) x 10 (h)
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Paul Kahan is an adjunct professor of history and sociology at Philadelphia University. Dr. Kahan graduated with a BA from Alfred University in 2001, an MA in modern history and literature from Drew University in 2004 and, most recently, a PhD in American history from Temple University. He has also worked as an interpreter at the Eastern State Penitentiary, and a site administrator for the Fonthill Museum and the Bucks County Historical Society. He lives in suburban Philadelphia with his son, Alec. This is his first book.
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