Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Testing a Civilisation

This article describes the visit of Charles Dickens to the USA in 1842, and his criticisms of the Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It is suggested that this visit and Dickens's reactions to what he saw in the prison not only influenced his later writing but was also the basis for his subsequent disenchantment with the USA.

Author Affiliation:

(1)Professor of Criminology, Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research, Birmingham City University

Article History:

Date submitted: March 2009Date accepted: March 2009

Source Citation:Wilson, David. "Testing a Civilisation: Charles Dickens on the American Penitentiary system.(Report)." The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 48.3 (July 2009): 280(17). Military and Intelligence Database. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 10 June 2009


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