Benjamin Weber on American Purgatory at Busboys and Poets

October 4, 2023
- 6:00 pm ET
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW,
Washington DC

Join Busboys and Poets at their 14th and V location for a discussion about American Purgatory with author Benjamin Weber in conversation with Atlantic staff writer and bestselling author Clint Smith. A vivid work of hidden history that spans the wars to subjugate Native Americans in the mid-nineteenth century, the conquest of the western territories, and the creation of an American empire in Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, American Purgatory reveals how “prison imperialism”—the deliberate use of prisons to control restive, subject populations—is written into our national DNA, extending through to our modern era of mass incarceration.