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City of Inmates

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Hernandez, Kelly Lytle. City of Inmates Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965,. UNC Press,  2017.

Using the theory of settler colonialism, Hernandez argues that white settlers used incarceration to take control of the land. Jailing, or human caging, was a tool, not a necessary part of settler society. I like that Hernandez starts with the Spanish settlements and then moves through to the present day to show how the creation of incarcerating marginalized people is an effort to usurp power, and land, and labor. She uses the theory to patch the threads together.

– Cecilia Hill, Graduate student in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies