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Eastern State Penitentiary: Crucible of Good Intentions

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The massive Eastern State Penitentiary in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, now a National Historic Landmark, is remarkable for its innovative architecture and its pioneering system of isolation in individual cells. Heir to the energetic Quaker reformist tradition in Philadelphia in the 1820s, the penitentiary was a model of idealism in penal reform and a model of ...more
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Sarah
Mar 23, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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A book I read for my new job as a tour guide at Eastern State. A slim and well-written introduction into the history of the penitentiary system, it also includes a great chapter on architecture in Philadelphia during the 1820s. Definitely a great opener for anyone who wants to know about the nation's first reform penitentiary!
Bridget
Mar 28, 2009 Bridget rated it it was amazing
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Yes, it was a reading assignment for my new job, but it was nonetheless very interesting. The book was published for an exhibit in 1994 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, called "Eastern State Penitentiary at Fairmount: Crucible of Good Intentions."

The book is a brief yet detailed history of the Eastern State Penitentiary, from the concept of a "penitentiary" in the late 1700s, the opening in 1829, until its closing as a prison in 1971. There are descriptions of the physical area, as well as de
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