Editorial Vision of The Angolite: Women at Angola in the 1950s

Marianne Fisher-Giorlando, Grambling State University

Louisiana's now famous prison news magazine, The Angolite, was first published in 1953. The early issues of The Angolite are rich in details of prison life not found in any other sources to date and chronicle a variety of subjects. Coverage includes medical care and experiments, escapes, high-school and university students tours, prisoners' clubs, the daily work grind, especially the different harvest seasons, and the women in "The Forbidden City," just to name a few. This paper is an exploratory analysis of the women at Angola as revealed in the pages of The Angolite during the early 1950s. Male editors report Angola's women's lives, but the women's voices also are heard in the columns they write for the paper. Issues of race, class, and gender permeate the discussions of women's health care, recreational activities, the construction of the first new women's dorm since 1901 and new jobs for the women during the penal reforms of the 1950s.

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Updated 05/20/2006