Book Reviews of Bandits Bibles : Convict Literature in Nineteenth-Century America

Bandits  Bibles : Convict Literature in Nineteenth-Century America
Bandits Bibles Convict Literature in Nineteenth-Century America
ISBN-13: 9781888451375
ISBN-10: 1888451378
Publication Date: 2/2003
Pages: 200
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Publisher: Akashic Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Back Cover: In 1876 the Jesse James and Cole Younger gang rode into Northfield, Minnesota, intent on robbing the local bank....

Townsmen were waiting for the famous outlaws and they suffered the greatest rout of their careers. The James brothers fled, Clell Miller was killed, and the three Youngers got shot up and thrown into the Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater. Years later, Cole Younger wrote his rip-roaring account of the great raid on Northfield and his ensuing time behind bars. Younger is just one of the more famous outlaws who took to writing while incarcerated.

BANDITS & BIBLES presents a lively array of selections from convict autobiographies that cover every facet of the prisoner's lives--crimes, arrests and convictions, punishments inflicted, and, in some cases, spiritual awakening. The harrowing tales of convict life presented in this volume leave no doubt that prison in the nineteenth century was far from easy. Hard labor in coal mines, whippings, solitary confinement in bare unheated cells, water torture, and iron maidens: These were just a few of the punishments melted out to these prisoners and vividly recounted in these pages.

"Only memoirs such as these, printed after the convicts' release or smuggled out of prison, tell the other side of prison life and help paint a true picture of what went on behind the bars of the Big House......