In Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War (Vintage Books, 2004), Melvin Ely uses a trove of documents primarily found in the county court records of Prince Edward County, Virginia to unravel a rich story about the free blacks who inhabited “the gentle slope of Israel Hill.” The story begins in 1796 when Richard Randolph, a prominent Virginian and cousin to Thomas Jefferson, left a will full of fiery abolitionist sentiment that emancipated his slaves and parceled 350 acres of his land among them. 136 more words
Typically discussions about mass incarceration have focused on young black men and this focus is justified. It does not tell the full story. Michael Durfee at the Points blog has article shifts that focus to a discussion about the impact of mass incarceration of non-white women. Durfee points out that "roughly 85-90 percent" of women who are in prison have "a history of victimization prior to their incarceration." While "women of means" are often "treated as victims" in these situations, non-white are much more likely to get entangled in the criminal justice system. Durfee's post does an excellent job explaining why non-white women should be helped, instead of punished.