This week, we have a conversation between Toussaint Losier and Micol Seigel.

This is part one of a series in which we hear Losier, author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement, speak to Seigel about his research while writing his book, in which he builds a cohesive picture of the long history of resistance to slavery and incarceration.  In this episode, we hear him speak about forms of resistance during the so-called “workhouse” period of incarceration, from approximately 1865 to 1940 – the post-slavery Jim Crow period – during which prison served largely as a method of forcibly extracting labor from recently freed slaves.