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Governor Rufus Brown Bullock and Georgia Convict Leasing, 1868-1871

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This is an examination of Georgia’s Governor Rufus B. Bullock and his management of the state’s convict lease system between the years of 1868-1871, a period associated with Radical Reconstruction just prior to the advent of the “New South” era. Georgia’s majority black convict population was leased out to private railroad companies under Bullock’s Administration; they experienced harsh and brutal treatment at times, and even death. Many were arrested for minor offenses and handed excessive sentences providing a consistent and dependable cheap labor force, rebuilding and extending Georgia’s rail system to foster trade. The study uses primary and secondary sources including commission reports, newspaper articles, Senate and House Journals of state legislative sessions, infirmary reports and previous studies to ascertain Bullock’s culpability in a penal system so heinous that it rivaled slavery itself.

Bullock abandoned the ideals of the Republican Party, which advocated liberty for all men, and acquiesced to the principles of industrialism and capitalism, clinging to the tenets of “free labor” at the expense of Georgia’s newly freed slaves. The implications of this study point to why Reconstruction failed and it excavates the etiology of contemporary penitentiary trends.
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Hightower, Edward. "Governor Rufus Brown Bullock and Georgia Convict Leasing, 1868-1871" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, Oct 04, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p521918_index.html>

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Hightower, E. , 2011-10-04 "Governor Rufus Brown Bullock and Georgia Convict Leasing, 1868-1871" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p521918_index.html

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Abstract: This is an examination of Georgia’s Governor Rufus B. Bullock and his management of the state’s convict lease system between the years of 1868-1871, a period associated with Radical Reconstruction just prior to the advent of the “New South” era. Georgia’s majority black convict population was leased out to private railroad companies under Bullock’s Administration; they experienced harsh and brutal treatment at times, and even death. Many were arrested for minor offenses and handed excessive sentences providing a consistent and dependable cheap labor force, rebuilding and extending Georgia’s rail system to foster trade. The study uses primary and secondary sources including commission reports, newspaper articles, Senate and House Journals of state legislative sessions, infirmary reports and previous studies to ascertain Bullock’s culpability in a penal system so heinous that it rivaled slavery itself.

Bullock abandoned the ideals of the Republican Party, which advocated liberty for all men, and acquiesced to the principles of industrialism and capitalism, clinging to the tenets of “free labor” at the expense of Georgia’s newly freed slaves. The implications of this study point to why Reconstruction failed and it excavates the etiology of contemporary penitentiary trends.


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