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chain gang

n.
A group of convicts chained together, especially for outdoor labor.
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chain gang

n
(Law) US a group of convicted prisoners chained together, usually while doing hard labour
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chain′ gang`


n.
a group of convicts chained together.
[1825–35]
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Noun1.chain gang - a gang of convicts chained togetherchain gang - a gang of convicts chained together
work party, crew, gang - an organized group of workmen
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They were also more likely to be sent to convict labor camps.
Regardless of the name on the letterhead, the company employed convict labor from the Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater, including such luminary workers as Bob, Jim and Cole Younger, members of the infamous James-Younger Gang.
Drawing upon Black feminist criticism and a diverse array of archival materials, the author uncovers imprisoned women's brutalization in local, county, and state convict labor systems, while also illuminating the prisoners' acts of resistance and sabotage, challenging ideologies of racial capitalism and patriarchy and offering alternative conceptions of social and political life.
Historians and social scientists consider such topics as the legal boundaries of coerced labor, modern slavery: the legal tug-of-war between globalization and fragmentation, convict labor in the southern borderlands of Latin America from the 1750s to the 1910s: comparative perspectives, the US Army and forced road labor in the early American colonial Philippines, unfree labor during the New Deal 1935-52, and state-sanctioned coercion and agricultural contract labor: Jamaican and Mexican workers in Canada and the US 1909-2014.
Similar was a letter from the Lockport Police Department that praised the convict labor for having detailed the city's fleet of squad cars: "Our fleet looks great inside and out when they are done," wrote the then-head of the LPD's Traffic and Support Services Division, Amy Wiltse.
This meant that the police could arrest anyone they saw as a threat to "order." In the post-bellum South, they enforced white supremacy, and largely arrested black people on trumped-up charges in order to feed them into convict labor systems.
Convict Labor in the Portuguese Empire 1740-1932: Redefining the Empire with Forced Labor and New Imperialism
The book depicts the use of convict labor, including several locked up on vagrancy charges, and the yearly migration to the Willamette of Native Americans, who picked hops for wages, moving between their traditional homes and capitalist society.
In addition to country reporting requirements, the Departments of Labor, State, and Homeland Security are required to maintain lists of foreign products that have been produced by forced labor, child labor, indentured labor, forced or indentured child labor, and convict labor. Certain specified goods and products are banned from import into the United States if produced, mined, or manufactured with the use of convict, forced, or indentured labor.