By Donna L. Van Raaphorst

ISBN-10: 0773415963

ISBN-13: 9780773415966

This research presents the single on hand chronologically whole background of Alcatraz Island. It demanding situations many ordinarily held assumptions approximately Alcatraz as a jail for harmful criminals. This examine truly demonstrates that Alcatraz and Alcatraz inmates weren't what most folks think them to were. aside from a handful of colourful excessive profile prisoner's e.g. Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, the inmates have been remarkably like these in different federal penitentiaries. even supposing now not excessively brutal, as Hollywood videos depicted it, the establishment used to be harsh in its personal manner. This paintings may still entice a large viewers from the general public quite often and to these in educational associations.

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82 Ibid, 20;22-23. , 24-25. 83 84 Delgado, Alcatraz Island, 10-11. 85 Clauss, “Many Mistakes,” 6. 86 Lamb in Alcatraz: The Rock, 6; Johnston, Alcatraz Island, 5. , 4-5. 88 Martini, Fortress Alcatraz, 24. 89 Thompson, The Rock, 55-56. , 64. 91 Martini, Fortress Alcatraz, 26-27. , 26. 93 Thompson, The Rock, 64-65. 94 Martini, Fortress Alcatraz, 28; Thompson, The Rock, 65; 66. , 66-67. 96 William F. , “California Letters of Major General James Mc Pherson, 1858-1860,” Ohio History (Winter l972), 38.

Tower had purchased a small sloop in order to transport the workers out to the Island, but before their work was completed, they ran out of money due to the high cost of labor. The construction help came from rank-andfile 49ers who had not struck it rich. Comparing their wages to workers back east, these men fared well. For example, a skilled mason might earn two or three dollars a day in New York City, compared to his counterpart on Alcatraz who made ten to twelve dollars a day. 81 Thanks to an initial congressional appropriation of $500,000, defense construction on Alcatraz began in l854.

Workman’s petition, dated April 20, 1846, was less than two months before the Bear Flag Revolt, when the Americans took California from Mexico. According to the petition, humans never inhabited or used the Island for any purpose53 Workman never succeeded in possessing his claim because he had to contend with Jose Yves Limtour. Limtour claimed ownership to about 600,000 acres including Alcatraz, the Farallones, Yerba Buena, and the current town of Tiburon in Marin County, along with four leagues of land in San Francisco.

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