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The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America Hardcover – March 14, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0807834572 ISBN-10: 0807834572 Edition: 1st

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"Graber makes a convincing argument that Protestant prison reformers were central to the development of the idea that prisons exist to rehabilitate convicts."--The Historian


"One of the first in-depth studies of Protestant prison religion in the United States between the American Revolution and the Civil War. . . . [It] raises important questions about the extent to which antebellum Protestant success or failure in influencing public policy hinged on the ideologies put forward by reformers, their decision to conform to political demands, and the willingness of the public to support their efforts."--Church History


"Provocative and interesting."--Journal of American History


"The book has much to recommend it."--Journal of Church and State


"Graber's book is a well-crafted historical case study . . . . [She] has done full justice to these historical conversations in her excellent book."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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"Jennifer Graber's provocative, important, and thoughtful book illuminates the history of the intersection of religious beliefs and practices with the U.S. penitentiary. Her work will become the leading account of that troubled relationship."--Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles

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