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The Angolite, Vol. VII, No. VI

Edited by
Wilbert Rideau, American, born 1942
Billy Sinclair, American, born 1945
Written by
Tommy Mason
Illustrated by
Larry Stegall
Louis Ortega
Subject of
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, American, founded 1835
November/December 1982
magazines (periodicals)
ink on paper
H x W x D (closed): 11 1/8 × 8 9/16 × 3/8 in. (28.3 × 21.7 × 1 cm)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Wilbert Rideau and Linda LaBranche
Restrictions & Rights
© Wilbert Rideau. Permission required for use.
Object number
A copy of the November/December 1982 issue of the magazine The Angolite, Vol. VII, No. VI. The cover has a gray background with a large photograph in the center of incarcerated men walking in line down a road carrying shovels and hoes, the line led by a man on horseback while two other mounted guards watch from the side of the road. Below the photograph is the title of the feature story, "Rehabilitation: A Misguided Effort." The article covers a brief history of the penal system in the United States, focusing on approaches for or against rehabilitation methods of incarcerated persons over time, and ends with an assessment of the current state of the justice system at publication. Other items in the magazine include news briefs, recreation activities including sports, photographs of the most recent Rodeo events, and articles related to other themes about rehabilitation including incarcerated persons unable to get out despite being rehabilitated, and legal rights of incarcerated persons to rehabilitation programs. There is also a history of Angola prison, and at the end the regular feature "Expressions" with poems by men incarcerated at Angola. The final interior page has subscription information. The back cover features a black-and-white photograph of men working in a yard, possibly doing agricultural labor, while another man sits on a mule-drawn cart in the background and a mounted guard watches over the workers from the far right. There are eighty-six (86) interior pages and the magazine is bound with two (2) metal staples.
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Place made
West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America