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Posted inCriminal Justice

Tennessee professors and historians uncover history of convict leasing in the state

This story was republished with permission from the Tennessee Lookout. Read the original story here. The mostly-forgotten history of Tennessee’s convict leasing, which used prison labor to mine coal in the mountains during the 1800s, is being brought to light by a team of professors and genealogists across the state. Dr. Camille Westmont, a postdoctoral fellow […]