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Georgia Penitentiary Company No. 3 account book

Georgia Penitentiary Company No. 3 account book

Descriptive Summary

Title: Georgia Penitentiary Company No. 3 account book
Creator: Penitentiary Company No. 3 (Georgia)
Inclusive Dates: 1877-1879
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms3618
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

W. W. Simpson jointly owned plantation land with Linton Stephens that he farmed using convict labor under the Convict Lease System (1868-1908). The lease system was often referred to as penal slavery since it was characterized by violent coercion/punishment, inadequate living conditions, and long work hours. In 1876, the state negotiated a twenty year lease of its entire penitentiary, splitting the inmates into three units among three private companies. Company No. 3 was unusual since its inmates performed agricultural work when most other convict leases had been used in industrial capacities.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of an account book from Georgia Penitentiary Company No. 3 from 1877-1879. The first page with handwriting states: "1877 amount of cotton sold and who road this morning," and names include Thomas Alexander Ried, W. A. Culver, W. W. Sampson.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Georgia Penitentiary Company No. 3 account book, ms3618, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2016.

General Notes

Related materials in Hargrett Rare Books: Georgia Penitentiary Company no. 3 and the convicts, HV8918.G4 1881.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Account books.
Convict labor -- Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Account book, 1877-1879