On-Line Course on the American Prison and Prisoner Writing
"Incarceration’s Witnesses: American Prison Writing” is a massive, open, on-line course (or MOOC) on the edX platform. It is entirely free and launches on March 2nd, 2015. This course offers a history of the American prison through the writing produced by incarcerated people: from the gallows confessions of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, to the latest broadcast from Mumia Abu-Jamal. Reading and understanding this work is essential to a full understanding of the American experiment itself.
“Incarceration’s Witnesses” includes videos, text, maps, interviews, on-line discussion groups, and links to primary and secondary sources in the history of prisoner writing and prisons.
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