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

Topic Index

Civil War

- Major General Thomas C. Hindman to Governor Francis R. Lubbock, August 6, 1862

- John S. Besser on his confrontation with Texas State Troops, December 8, 1863

Convict Leasing

- Texas State Capitol Construction

- Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Penitentiary Board, November 12, 1903

Death Penalty

Discipline and Escapes

- Thomas Carothers to the Directors of the State Penitentiary, undated

- List of Convicts in the Penitentiary, September 1, 1859–August 31,1861 (second page)

- Notification of Discharge of Guard, March 12, 1917

- Excerpt from Escape Analysis, May and June 1928

- Minutes of the Texas Prison Board, July 24, 1934

Leasing

- Ward-Dewey Takes Over

- The Cunningham & Ellis Era

Politics and the Prison System

- Colonel Edward M. House

- Governor James E. Ferguson

- Pardons and Paroles

Prison Officials

- John S. Besser

- Thomas J. Goree

- Lee Simmons

Prisoner Abuse

- Testimony of Fred Stone, April 15, 1875

- J.K.P. Campbell, Present conditions and facts relating to returned convicts, 1875

- J.K.P. Campbell, Monthly Report, September 1875

- Statements on the death of Frank Furlow, January 26, 1877

- D.M. Short to Governor Oran M. Roberts, July 19, 1879

- List of convicts under seventeen years of age, August 15, 1881

- The Bat

Racial issues

- Henry E. Perkins to the Texas Legislature, February 13, 1863

- African-American Convicts after the Civil War

- Thaddeus C. Bell to Morgan C. Hamilton, June 10, 1867

- Race and the Sentencing and Treatment of Convicts

Reconstruction

- Samuel R. Peacock to Thaddeus McRae, December 9, 1867

- Charles Kirsch to General [Benjamin?] Butler, April 4, 1869

Reform Efforts

- Thomas J. Goree, Circular to Sergeants in charge of convict camps, April 2, 1880

- Scandal of 1909

- Minutes of the Special Session of the Penitentiary Board, November 30, 1909

- Reforms of 1911

- Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor

- Committee on Prisons and Prison Labor on proposed Texas penal colony, 1931

- Texas Prison Board

- Centralization Controversy

- Reforms of the 1930s

- Poetry Corner, The Echo, October 1933

- The MacCormick Report

- Committee Report on Investigation of Penitentiary, 1947

State Account Farming

- Time Made by Convicts Nights and Sundays, December 31, 1889

State Prison at Huntsville

- State Penitentiary Commissioners to Governor George T. Wood, July 20, 1848

- Plan for the Texas Penitentiary, August 15, 1848

- Abner Cook to the Directors of the Penitentiary, September 30, 1849

- Directors of the State Penitentiary to Governor Peter H. Bell, November 11, 1851

State Prison at Rusk

Women Prisoners

- The Goree State Farm for Women

 

 

 
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