Learning and Unlearning the Prison System

For a week in 1842 Fred A. Packard, a public intellectual famous for his advocacy for Sunday school, toured Auburn State Penitentiary on behalf of the Philadelphia Society for the Alleviation of the Miseries of Public Prisons. He gave the world’s most famous prison facility a glowing review, marveling at the orderly schedules kept by…

Obstruction of the American Voter

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, also known as the VRA, is commonly considered the most effective piece of civil rights legislation in American history. For most of its existence, its popularity only increased. It has been amended five times by the United States Congress – each time was an expansion of its powers. The…