Criminalizing Mountain South: The Historical Roots of the Carceral State
This is the second in a four-part (virtual) roundtable series on criminalization in the Appalachian South.
The Black Lives Matter uprising and COVID-19 have laid bare the structural racism and political and economic crises that shape American social life.
This interdisciplinary roundtable series aims to explore the politics of race, class, gender, sexuality, and criminalization as historically played out in the Appalachian South, which has been left out of larger discussions about mass incarceration and the carceral state. By bringing together regional and UT scholars, activists, and students we aim to provide a fuller picture of how residents of the southern mountains find themselves ensnared in the criminal justice system and how criminalization further fragments the basic fabric of our Appalachian communities.
Funding by Haines Morris Endowment
Lindsey Elizabeth Jones (Historian, Presidential Diversity Posdoctoral Fellow in Education, Brown University)
Robert Hutton (Senior Lecturer of History and American Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Jessica Wilkerson (Associate Professor of History, West Virginia University)
Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30pm to 7:30pmVirtual Event