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Apr 15, 19

Kite Line: Impacts of the Prisoners’ Movement, Part One

This week, we have a conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel.

This is part one of a series in which we hear Losier, author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement, speak to Seigel about his research while writing his book, in which he builds a cohesive picture of the long history of resistance to slavery and incarceration.  In this episode, we hear him speak about forms of resistance during the so-called “workhouse” period of incarceration, from approximately 1865 to 1940 – the post-slavery Jim Crow period – during which prison served largely as a method of forcibly extracting labor from recently freed slaves.

 

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Kite Line

Kite Line is a radio program devoted to prison issues around the Midwest and beyond. Behind the prison walls, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to the guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will bear it farther along till it reaches its destination. On the show, we hope to pass along words across the prison walls.

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