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Monday Evening Xplorations
Exploring the History of Adirondack Prisons
Watch the PROGRAM RECORDING here.
Jeff Hall will introduce the main themes and argument of his recently published book A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country, showing how the environment played a pivotal role in the planning, construction, and operation of correctional facilities in five Adirondack communities: Dannemora, Ray Brook, Gabriels, Lyon Mountain, and Tupper Lake.
About The Speaker:
Clarence Jefferson (Jeff) Hall grew up near Plattsburgh and is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Queensborough Community College/CUNY, where he teaches courses in US History, New York History, and Environmental History. His research investigates the intersection of environmental politics and incarceration in the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. His first book, A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country, examines the growth of prisons in the Adirondacks from the 1840s through the 1990s through the lens of environmental history.