The Department of History Harrington Lecture - Wendy Warren
Wendy Warren - Princeton University
The Carceral Colony: Understanding Early American Prisons
This talk will offer a historical overview of prisons in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North America, describing both the lived experience of imprisonment in the colonial period and the utility of imprisonment for colonial authorities. Colonial prisons have been largely erased in scholarship on American prisons, which usually begin with the birth of the penitentiary in post-Revolutionary America. The talk will complicate that scholarship and offer a new origins story for the modern carceral system.
Professor Wendy Warren specializes in the history of colonial North America and the early modern Atlantic World. Her first book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (2016), won the Organization of American Historians' 2017 Merle Curti Social History Prize and was a Finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the 2017 Berkshire Conference Book Prize, and the 2017 Harriet Tubman Prize. She has also published in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and Slavery and Abolition. Professor Warren is currently writing The Carceral Colony, an exploration of the role of prisons in the colonization of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North America.
Reception to follow the lecture.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Memorial Hall, Room 127
Memorial Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA