Convicted and railroaded: Rufus B. Bullock and Georgia convict leasing, 1868-1871, 2011

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
Convicted and railroaded: Rufus B. Bullock and Georgia convict leasing, 1868-1871, 2011
Creator:
Hightower, Edward O.
Contributor to Resource:
Morton, Richard Allen
Patterson, Charmayne
Date of Original:
2011-05-01
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: thesis
Degree Name: Master of Arts (MA)
Date of Degree: 2011
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Arts and Sciences, History
This is an examination of Governor Rufus B. Bullock and his management of the states convict lease system between the years of 1868-187 1, a period associated with Radical Reconstruction before the introduction of the New South era. Georgias majority black convict population was leased out to private railroad companies under Bullocks Administration. They experienced harsh and brutal treatment at times, and even death. Many were arrested for minor offenses and handed excessive sentences, which provided a consistent and dependable cheap labor force. This labor resource was exploited in rebuilding Georgias rail system to foster trade. The study uses primary and secondary sources to ascertain Bullocks culpability in a penal system so heinous that it rivaled slavery itself. Bullock abandoned the ideals of the Republican Party, which advocated liberty for all men, and acquiesced to the principles of industrialism and capitalism, clinging to the tenets of free labor at the expense of Georgias newly freed slaves. The implications of this study point to why Reconstruction failed and it excavates the etiology of contemporary penitentiary trends.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2011_hightower_edward_o
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
Rights:
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