TIL that the 1932 film “I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang” helped bring an end to the widespread use of chain gangs in the American South.

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Well they are still a thing in Arkansas. Had a friend(Anglo) who was on one for a while. They call it Hoe Squad.


Bad news, they still have chain gangs in the American south. In fact, some prisoners volunteer for them just to get out for awhile.


Arizona had chain gang signs along their highways in the 90’s when I visited there. It looks like they still use chain gangs til 2014, maybe they still use chain gangs.


The last line is still terrific. >!I steal! !<


Sam Cooke’s song Chain Gang also helped draw attention to them, but make no mistake prison slave labor is still going on en-mass, both inside and outside prisons.