Benjamin Weber on American Purgatory at Elliott Bay Book Company

December 12, 2023
- 7:00 pm PT
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue,
Seattle WA

Join Elliott Bay Book Company for a discussion about the newly published American Purgatory and the history of mass incarceration, empire, and prison resistance with author Benjamin Weber and in conversation with University of Washington historian Moon-Ho Jung and Dan Berger, a professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell. 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.