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Author Van Raaphorst, Donna L.

Title Alcatraz-- the history of an island prison : from the development to an American myth / Donna L. Van Raaphorst ; with a foreword by John Holian
Published Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (iv, 510 pages, 60 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Foreword / by John Holian -- Mythical Alcatraz -- Discovery : twenty-two acres of barren rock -- The United States Army takes over -- The transition from post to prison -- A new type of prison for a new age -- The heart of the myth : a statistical analysis of the inmates -- Colorful inmates -- Life on the island for two different populations -- Escape from Alcatraz -- The end of an era -- Native American takeover -- Alcatraz today
Summary This study provides the only available chronologically complete history of Alcatraz Island. It challenges many commonly held assumptions about Alcatraz as a prison for dangerous criminals
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Military Prison at Alcatraz Island, California -- History.
United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island, California -- History.
Prisons -- California -- Alcatraz Island -- History.
Alcatraz Island (Calif.) -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0773420711 (electronic bk.)
9780773420717 (electronic bk.)