Friday, August 28, 2009

On the Chain Gang

This picture was taken in 1890 near Thomasville, Georgia. It shows a prisoner who is on a chain gang. Notice the large chain links on his legs.

8 comments:

  1. I notice that all the prisoners are black. Is that part of the theme? Or the only pictures you have? Makes me wonder if that's the only kind of convict the south had at that time. Love the your site, by the way.

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  2. Here are some white ones: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_T6QNT39-HnQ/Sm9rllD997I/AAAAAAAAAOc/JwaZzRizTiA/s400/ChainGangPhoto.jpg


    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_6U6ZFTcbbU8/SZy-lwRlMVI/AAAAAAAABb8/5e24ncc5VBc/s400/whitetanks500b.jpg

    http://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/chaingang.jpg

    http://photos.indystar.com/photos/2008/10/17/168073/show.jpg LOL

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  3. thats some serious chanage,,lol,
    oldbear

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  4. my bad,,chainage,,there maw ya happy?
    oldbear.

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  5. Wow, that guy doesn't look too happy. I wonder what he was incarcerated for.

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  6. PJM:

    Where are your polls?

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  7. I can't imagine wearing those chains. Wow. How different from the low visibility restraints we have today. They are all restraints on freedom, yes, but combined with the humiliation of the large and cumbersome chains, I venture to guess the 1890s restraints were much more cowing.

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  8. really enjoy these oldies

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