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chain gang:

see convict laborconvict labor,
work of prison inmates. Until the 19th cent., labor was introduced in prisons chiefly as punishment. Such work is now considered a necessary part of the rehabilitation of the criminal; it is also used to keep discipline and reduce the costs of prison maintenance.
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chain gang

US a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour
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This chain gang becomes the first means to teach your dog a "point of contact." It doesn't take long to see which dogs have been on the chain gang before.
While this film did not lead to the abolition of the chain gang, it did lead to the emergence of a persistent image of the South in popular culture.
In his excellent study of the political economy of the convict system Lichtenstein argues forcefully for seeing the lease and the chain gang as crucial elements in Southern economic modernization.
David Dent goes In Search of Black America, while Walter Moseley veers from his wildly popular mysteries to take a provocative, personal look beyond age-old racial constructs in Workin' on the Chain Gang. Two contemporary poets, Ethelbert Miller and Yusef Komunyakaa, join the ranks of our brothers on a soapbox, transferring their gift for poetic language to insightful prose with Fathering Words and Blue Notes, respectively.
His latest work is a nonfiction effort entitled Workin' on the Chain Gang (Ballantine, 2000), which he describes as "a nonaligned attack on capitalism." In it, he urges people to "say the truth once a day." However, he adds, "You shouldn't be telling the truth all the time, because it will kill you."
Currently, there are 700 inmates who participate in the Alabama chain gangs. These offenders are easily identified by their white uniforms with the label "chain gang" affixed to them.
"I'm an equal-opportunity incarcerator," says Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, originator of the nation's only female chain gang. Prisoners caught fighting or smuggling cigarettes can earn back privileges by volunteering for the gang.
Today the controversy in Alabama is about the men in uniforms moving along the state's highways and the chains that bind them: Alabama has reinstated the chain gang, one of the most powerful, and some say brutal, symbols of the Southern past.
"Bill Clinton," O'Reilly fumes, "calculated that he could not win in 1992, unless he used Sister Souljah to bait Jesse Jackson, put a black chain gang in a crime control ad, golfed at a segregated club with a TV camera crew in tow, and allowed that search for a serviceable vein in Rickey Ray Rector's [the black Arkansas man Clinton had executed during the campaign] arm." But Clinton's record, notably his recent defense of affirmative action, makes clear he's no George Wallace, or even George Bush.
Among his plays from this period are Hymn to the Rising Sun, about a chain gang, and Johnny Johnson, an expressionistic, episodic antiwar play for which Kurt Weill wrote the music; both plays were first performed in 1936.
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