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I am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!

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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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Nancy
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.
Jenn Alton
This was a quick read. I really liked the conflict between staying and facing the "justice" system or escaping the injustice and reforming oneself with the constant fear of being caught.
David Carraturo
This was an excellent story on every level. Burns was a man who had truly been railroaded and to persevere not once but twice made it an incredible read. I recommend this highly.
Abby
Interesting book- good read.
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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.
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