Esclavitud en la frontera : immigrant detention as successive systemic slavery

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Beers, Keiler Taylor
Saidiya V. Hartman -- Scenes of subjection; Servitudes -- Southern States; Convict labor -- Southern States; Slavery -- 21st century; Detention of persons -- Government Policy -- United States -- History; United States Constitution -- 13th Amendment -- History and criticism; Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2014 -- Politics Department; Political Science
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Slavery is commonly conceptualized as a limited form of chattel slavery that existed in the pre-Emancipation antebellum South. However, the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery also includes a clause that permits enslavement as “an appropriate punishment for a crime.” It is through this lens that I examine the disproportionate rise of racialized incarceration, and the subsequent privatization and profiteering that has exploded in recent years, as a form of con- temporary slavery. Using an analysis of immigrant detention on the U.S.-Mexico border, I argue that our immigration system acts as a form of racial control and neoslavery, and that such a conclusion necessitates a radical restructuring of our national dependence on criminalization and enslavement.