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a gang of convicts chained together

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Body Jewelry sold at The Chain Gang is completely safe for all piercings, and even the 14k Gold is 100% nickel-free.
Here, the author (associate professor of literature and an affiliated faculty member of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego) argues that the incarceration of Black people and other historically repressed groups in chain gangs, peon camps, prison plantations, and penitentiaries represents a ghostly perpetuation of chattel slavery.
The chain gang is not just a holding place for the dogs.
MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS WARDEN OF A GEORGIA CHAIN GANG. I remember my grandfather's telling me stories about growing up on the prison camp: his best friends were inmates, his pets were bloodhounds, and everyone called his father "Cap'n." His stories reiterated the Southern plantation myth with his father playing the role of benevolent paternalist, but his memories contrast starkly with the common perception of the chain gang as the American gulag, an image that originates at least in part with the film I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang!
A bit of chain gang action on the highways would not be the worst thing in the world for these youngsters, would it?
This retrospective, spanning the years from 1951 to 1964, collects together his classic recordings including Chain Gang, Only Sixteen, (What A) Wonderful World and Meet Me At Mary's Place, recently covered by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
The pin-stripe chain gang grabbed shovels and picks when they visited a school to transform the gardens.
Conner's silent film, accompanied by Patrick Gleeson's sound track, follows the plodding progress of filmmaking (moving equipment; tete-a-tetes between the director and crew) and features occasional appearances by star Paul Newman, greased up for his role as a convict on a Southern chain gang. Cool Hand Luke itself is a rebel classic--Luke is a former war hero sentenced to prison for vandalizing parking meters--but, like Easy Rider (1969) or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), it's a pessimistic vision.
After too many doses of Starsailor, one needs truth, and Chain Gang of Love is as close as anyone has dared to get to the truth during the past year.
Slowly each child comes out of the cocoon he was in when somebody gave him away and ties his shoelaces to the laces of the others in the deweys' favorite game of chain gang. While Morrison feels compelled to criticize the limitations of communities, she also recognizes the value of community to insure human survival.
Beginning with the pioneering exposes of Frank Tannenbaum, Robert Burns and John Spivak, Georgia's convict chain gang has, like its predecessor the convict lease system, been condemned as a harsh, barbaric and brutal form of oppression, with little thought given to rehabilitation.
He was arrested again after the war in Chapel Hill, N.C., for the crime of "sitting with a white man on a public bus" and was sentenced to 22 days on a chain gang. His most significant conviction, however, came in 1953 in Pasadena, Calif., where he was charged with "lewd vagrancy" in a public park--a George Michael moment that haunted the rest of his life.
"AFRICANS," BELAFONTE NOTES, "WERE captured, enslaved, and brought to America for one reason--to work." And when the forced labor of slavery ended, it was replaced by the servitude of sharecropping and the bondage of the chain gang. The Southern legal system and its prisons were legendary for their brutality and racism, and in the late 1900s countless recently freed blacks traded in their shackles for the chains of the road or work gang.
Up until the arrival of the Union Army the war's impact on the Indians had been limited to that of the local militia, who with the aid of the sheriff were rounding up Indians not to fight but to serve on a chain gang. The Lowries, the wealthiest of the Lumbee Indians and Union sympathizers, defy the local authorities by refusing to hand over their renegade sons.
THE Coen brothers' latest tale about three fugitives from a chain gang in 1930s Mississippi is absolute gold-dust.