Whips to Walls: Naval Discipline from Flogging to Progressive-Era Reform at Portsmouth Prison (BOK)

Rodney K Watterson

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The abolishment of flogging in 1850 started the U.S. Navy on a quest for a prison system that culminated with the opening of Portsmouth Naval Prison in 1908. During World War I, that prison became the center of the Navy's attempt to reform what many considered outdated means of punishment. Driven by Progressive Era ideals and led by Thomas Mott Osborne, cell doors remained opened, inmates governed themselves, and thousands of rehabilitated prisoners were returned to the fleet. Championed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt, Osborne's reforms proceeded positively until Vice Adm. William. Sims and others became convinced that too many troublemakers were being returned to the fleet. In response, FDR led an on-site investigation of conditions at Portsmouth prison, which included charges of gross mismanagement and rampant homosexual activity. Although exonerated, Osborne resigned and initiatives were quickly reversed as the Navy returned to a harsher system.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Rodney K Watterson
Forlag
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9781612514451
Antall sider 245 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23,1cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 476 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Andre medvirkende Rear Adm John D Hutson Emner og form History of the Americas, Military history, Naval forces & warfare, Penology & punishment