"Eastern State Penitentiary" Eastern State Penitentiary Tip by calcaf38


When Charles Dickens visited the US, he wanted to see two things: Niagara Falls and Eastern State.

Unexpectedly, Eastern State (regarded then as a progressive institution) made a bad impression on Dickens. The cold, clinical isolation struck him as the ultimate punishment.

That is quite a revelation, because the 19th century prisons of London were atrocious. But at least, you could communicate with the other prisoners...

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  • Written Jun 25, 2005
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