Impossible Children: Child Prisoners in Postemancipation Virginia

Catherine Jones

University of California Santa Cruz

Catherine Jones is associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  She is the author of Intimate Reconstructions: Children in Postemancipation Virginia. (Charlottesville, 2015), which received the 2016 Grace Abbott Book Prize from the Society for the History of Children and Youth.  She is currently working on a book about the incarceration of children in the Virginia State Penitentiary. 


For the liberal architects of Reconstruction policy, emancipation would redeem former slaves only if it initiated a larger transformation that culminated in freedpeople’s adoption of the aged and gendered roles that... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Catherine Jones (University of California Santa Cruz)

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Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth


S7a » Seminar 7.a: Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth I (15:45 - Friday, 23rd March, Boardroom East)

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