Elmer Pratt was born and raised, 1947, in Morgan City, Louisiana. Despite my service in the 101st Airborne and Civil Rights activism in the Old South (1959-65), I can only imagine the pervasive environment that young Elmer must have experienced.
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The American tribune has spoken to a variety of prison-related issues and factors that have contributed to the American gulag—the largest prison system on the planet.
Last week I concluded a 4-part series on the post-Civil War period concerning some of the foundations to the modern Prison Industrial complex.
Those articles included the exception clause to the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, Black Codes and Jim Crow, the sell-out to the South of the Republican Party in 1877, and the resultant creation of neo-slavery thru private convict leasing and prison-industrialization by the states.
Another foundation building on that period to the modern prison industrial complex was the singular contribution by Anthony Comstock, an otherwise nondescript son of a farmer, who at 19 joined the 17th Connecticut Infantry in the Army of the Republic. His main problems were his complaints about the soldiers cursing. more…