The Stockade Stood Burning

The Stockade Stood Burning: Rebellion and the Convict Lease in Tennessee’s Coalfields 1891 – 1895  by Sweet Tea. Year unknown, Carrboro, NC.

This zine covers an obscure but phenomenal story of coal miners’ and convicts’ joint rebellion against the convict leasing system in post-Civil War Tennessee. Touching on the issues of prison growth, racial identities in the South, the limitations of demand-oriented movements, and the application of contemporary insurrectionary perspectives in understanding historical phenomena, it is “required reading” for anyone interested in appalachian social movements, anti-prison struggles, or the historical positioning of the Southern white worker.

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