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Social Justice Common Read 2020: Dreaming America: Books and Ebooks

This guide pulls together resources pertaining to SCSU's 2020 Social Justice Common Read, "Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention".

Books and Ebooks in Buley Library

Here is a list of books relating to incarceration and imprisonment available in Buley Library. Some are writings by prisoners; some are books relating to prison literature; some are about prison life in the United States, and some are about teaching incarcerated children.


Poems and Other Writings By Prisoners

Ameria's Disappeared: Detainees, Secret Imprisonment, and the "War on Terror"

Angel Cuadra : the Poet in Socialist Cuba

The Art and Science of Trauma and the Autobiographical Negotiated Truths

The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Bars and Shadows, the Prison Poems

Blackeyed: Plays and Monologues

By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives

Children's Voices from the Past: New Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The Essential Etheridge Knight

Fugitive Thought: Prison Movements, Race, and the Meaning of Justice

The Guerrilla Is Like a Poet – Ang Gerilya Ay Tulad ng Makata

I call to remembrance Toyo Suyemoto's years of internment

In the Forest of Faded Wisdom: 104 Poems by Gendun Chopel, a Bilingual Edition


Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States

Kill Boxes: Facing the Legacy of US-Sponsored Torture, Indefinite Detention, and Drone Warfare

Lake Michigan

Letters to Martha, and Other Poems from a South African Prison

Newgate in Revolution: An Anthology of Radical Prison Literature in the Age of Revolution

No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems 

Poems Composed in Prison: A Selection of Verse Written at Various Intervals in the Course of a Period of Five Years' Penal Servitude

Poems from Prison

Poems in Prison: The Survival Strategies of Romanian Political Prisoners

Prison Blossoms: Anarchist Voices from the American Past

Prison Notebooks

Prison Poetry

Prison Writing: A Collection of Fact, Fiction and Verse

Prison Writing in 20th Century America

Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer for Freedom: Letters from Prison, Songs, Poems, and Courtroom Statements Plus Tributes to the Punk Band That Shook the World

The Return : Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between

Sand Opera

Secrets from a Priosn Cell: A Convict's Eyewitness Accounts of the Dehumanizing Drama of Life Behind Bars

Starship Tahiti: Poems

The Sunny Land; or Prison Prose and Poetry, Containing the Productions of the Ablest Writers in the South, and Prison Lays of Distinguished Confederate Officers

Theatre in Prison

Till my tale is told : women's memoirs of the Gulag

Walking Back Up Depot Street Poems

Books About Incarceration

Baby Jails: The Fight to End the Incarceration of Refugee Children in America

Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis

Borders of Belonging: struggle and solidarity in mixed-status immigrant families

A Child in Prison Camp

Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age

Children in Prison and Other Cruelties of Prison Life

Children of Immigration

The Consolations of Writing Literary Strategies of Resistance from Boethius to Primo Levi

The End of Prisons: Reflections from the Decarceration Movement

From the Iron House Imprisonment in First Nations Writing

The Great West Ukrainian Prisonn Massacre of 1941: A Sourcebook

Guantánamo and American Empire: The Humanities Respond

Human Rights and Incarceration Critical Explorations

Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Literature

I don't wish nobody to have a life like mine : tales of kids in adult lockup

Imprisoned Fathers and Their Childlren

Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Judging Mohammed: Juvenile Delinquency, Immigration, and Exclusion at the Paris Palace of Justice

Literature and Criminal Justice in Antebellum America
Lives in Limbo
: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

Mental Health in Prisons: Critical Perspectives on Treatment and Confinement

The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Culture

The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Family

The Prison and the American Imagination

The Prison Life of Marie Antoinette and her Children, the Dauphin and the Duchesse d'Angouleme

Prison Literature in America : the Victim as Criminal and Artist

Pros and Cons: Essays on Prsion Literature in the United States

Reading Prisoners: Literature, Literacy, and the Transformation of American Punishment, 1700–1845

Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II

Seeking refuge : Central American migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada

Values and Vulnerabilities: The Ethics of Research with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories

The Walls Behind the Curtain: East European Prison Literature,1945–1990


Juvenile Imprisonment

Burning down the house : the end of Juvenile Prison

Children Behind Bars: Why the Abuse of Child Imprisonment Must End

For the Children?: Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State

Hidden Truth: Young Men Navigating Lives In and Out of Juvenile Prison

Juvenile Justice: Redeeming Our Children

Juvenile Offenders and Mental Illness : I Know Why the Caged Bird Cries

Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel's Detention of Palestinian Children

Whose Child Am I?: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody


Social Justice and Immigrants

Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected

Unaccompanied Migrant Children: Social, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives

Unaccompanied Young Migrants: Identity, Care and Justice


Teaching Incarcerated Youth

I Hope I Don’t See You Tomorrow: A Phenomenological Ethnography of the Passages Academy School Program

Is William Martinez not our brother?: Twenty years of the Prison Creative Arts Project

Prison Pedagogies: Learning and Teaching with Imprisoned Writers

Theatre in Prison: Theory and Practice