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A12 American Prison Literature

Description: Through an interdisciplinary approach, this class will analyze an historically broad sampling of select letters, essays, book and journal excerpts written by those incarcerated in the United States primarily for political reasons. Examples include anti-Vietnam War protestors, mid-19th century slave narratives and one from a Confederate sympathizer, early 19th century Anarchists and Socialists, Civil Rights and Black Power Movement activists. We will also explore related contemporary literature.

Suggested Reading: Henry David Thoreau's On the Duty of Civil Disobedience. Any edition.

Instructor: Steve Smith holds a JD from Western New England College School of Law and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. His publications have appeared in The Mennonite Quarterly Review, Latin American Perspectives, and Communities magazine. Most recently he edited a book with JMU Justice Studies Professor, Terry D. Beitzel, titled One-Hundred Years of Service Through Community: A Gould Farm Reader. University Press of America. Spring 2014.

This course is limited to 8 participants.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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