Pairing primary documents with critical insights, Salem Press' History series offers clear, comprehensive analyses of topics
that span from the ancient world
to the present day.
Defining Documents in American History:
Prison Reform
Pub. Date: March 2019
ISBN: 978-1-64265-038-9
List Price: $295
This volume gathers together and analyzes documents that discuss the fierce debates and legislation related to prison reform, the privatization prisons, the efforts to end practices like solitary confinement, and the improvement of mental health care in prisons.

Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Commentary includes a Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography , Detailed Document Analysis , and discussion of Essential Themes .
The material is organized into six sections:

  • Prisons without Wardens, Walls, or Cells begins with the Transportation Act of 1717 and concludes with newspaper reports of the shoot-out at the OK Corral.
  • Antebellum Prisons and Prison Reform includes descriptions and evaluations of the two prison styles of the era: the Auburn (at Sing-Sing and Dannemora) and Pennsylvania Systems (at the notorious Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia).
  • Prisons & Prison Reform in the Late Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries considers various social and moral concerns, including the treatment of the insane
  • Prisons & Prison Reforms in the 1990s and Twenty-first Century 
  • Wartime Incarceration and Punishment spanning between the Civil War and World War II
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Imprisonment examines how the prison system has effected different demographics
"[The Defining Documents series is] well written, exhibits solid scholarship, and presents an engaging read...strongly recommended." -ARBA
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Great Lives from History:
American Heroes
Great Lives from History: American Heroes  profiles more than 220 individuals who place others above self and who invoke courage to take risks to better the world, from the American Revolution through today. Profiled individuals span 39 areas of achievement , including Aviation and Space Exploration, Engineering, Environmentalism, Government & Politics, Invention & Technology, Literature, Medicine, Public Health, Social Reform, Sports, and Women's Rights, and come from all walks of life and a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

Each essay in this 3-volume set is 5-6 pages and includes ready-reference data, areas of achievement, photos, Early Life, Life's Work , and Significance sections. All essays end with Further Reading . Back matter includes Category Index , Ethnicity Index , and Subject Index .

Pub. Date: April 2019
ISBN: 978-1-64265-058-7
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