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I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!
I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! is the amazing true story of one man's search for meaning, fall from grace, and eventual victory over injustice.In 1921, Robert E. Burns was a shell-shocked and penniless veteran who found himself at the mercy of Georgia's barbaric penal system when he fell in with a gang of petty thieves. Sentenced to six to ten years' hard labor ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by University of Georgia Press
(first published 1932)
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I actually just dropped it instead of finishing. Had to buy it for a class, and it was twenty fuckin' dollars, so I was going to finish it eventually (having not read the whole thing when I was supposed to), but weeks passed and I still didn't pick it back up, so whatever. I could have used that $20 for something else
This was a very interesting account of a white Northern man's time on (and escaping from) Georgia chain gangs. The title, with its exclamation point, gives you a good idea of the flavor of the writing. The edition I read came with a long introduction detailing the role of the chain gang in the evolution of Georgia's post-Reconstruction economy.
Robert Elliott Burns was a World War I veteran who gained notoriety after escaping from a Georgia chain gang and writing his memoirs exposing the cruelty and injustice of the chain gang system.More about Robert Elliott Burns...