Fear, Force, and Leather - The Texas Prison System's First Hundred Years, 1848-1948

Introduction

Rough Beginnings, 1849-1861

War and Collapse, 1861-1871

The Lease Era, 1871-1883

Convict Leasing, 1883-1909

Scandal and Reform, 1909-1911

Perpetual Inquiry, 1911-1927

Reform and Reaction, 1927-1948

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A Run of Bad Luck

February 13, 1899
Fire Burns Huntsville
Offices and Cell Blocks

March 24, 1899
Fire Burns Sugarhouse
at Dunovant Farm

July, 1899
Convicts Among 284
Killed in Catastrophic
Flood of Brazos River

Summer and Fall 1899
Crop Failure

December 3, 1899
Fire Burns 79 Cotton
Bales at Farris Farm

July 1900
Fire Destroys Fruit
Evaporator at Rusk

September 8, 1900
Galveston Great Storm;
One Guard, 23 Convicts
Among Thousands Killed

Total Losses $238,000
$5.8 Million in
2009 Dollars

Convict Leasing and State Account Farming (1883-1909)

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The State Account System

Imperial State Farm circa 1900

Report on overtime during sugar rolling at the Harlem Farm, December 1889

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