Benjamin Weber on American Purgatory at the Center for Brooklyn History

October 6, 2023
- 5:30 pm ET
Center for Brooklyn History

Join the Center for Brooklyn History for a discussion about American Purgatory with author Benjamin Weber in conversation with cultural strategist and organizer Piper Anderson. 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.