Type of Document Dissertation Author Holt, Anne Haw Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-10252005-172103 Title Men, Women and Children in the Stockade: How the People, the Press, and the Elected Officials of Florida Built a Prison System Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department History, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Neil Betten Committee Chair David Gussak Committee Member Jonathan Grant Committee Member Maxine Jones Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2005-09-20 Availability unrestricted AbstractABSTRACT
This study examines form and change in the early development of the Florida prison system, especially the period from 1821 to 1925. I also examine influences on prison growth, including change in the state's economy and politics. I place particular emphasis on local and national pressures for change that government officials, the press and popular opinion demanded. That pressure occurred through statements published in newspapers, in speeches or letters to officials or through elected officials.
“Men, Women and Children in the Stockade” includes a brief overview of the administrative practices followed in state prisons and jails throughout the American colonies and in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It will present the history of the early Florida prison system in its historical context.
I have woven through the study consideration of how race and class affected actions and attitudes toward control of deviants. Specific chapters will examine how treatment of women and children evolved in Florida's early prisons and the use of the convict leasing system. Reports on how state officials and the public reacted to those practices are investigated. Official state records, newspaper reports, letters and other sources are examined to discover how the system adapted to deal with women, children and other special populations.
Finally, and important to presenting a full and balanced portrayal of the development of the Florida prison system, available letters and testimony of prisoners and ex-prisoners are included. Evidence gathered from the above sources balance the voluminous papers and reports Florida officials created.
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