Prisoners at work - Prisoners at work

The striped attire rather gives it away. Yes, these are convicts, toiling on the roads in about 1870 in the Atlanta, Georgia area. A young lad looks on, hopefully getting the message that crime does not pay. During the years after the Civil War, anyone could hire prisoners and put them to work as they chose. During an 18-month period from 1872, the state of Georgia earned in excess of $35,000 from hiring out prison labor, a substantial sum for the day. Photo Credit: MPI/Getty Images

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