Work & Hope and the West irginia State Penitentiary 1 Katy Ryan and Yvonne Hammond eginning in OctoberÂ 1919, a monthly magazine titled Work & Hope was published at the West irginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville.2 Work & Hope contained articles, poems, short stories, and drawings as well as reprinted articles from local and national newspapers. Warden JosephÂ Z. Terrell announced the inaugural issue in the 1920 biennial report: âLast October the inmates started the publication of a prison magazine which now has something like one thousand subscribers, and we believe it is oing a lot of good, with no cost what ver to the state.â3 In the following biennial report, Terrell described the magazine as the ârst attempt at vocational training in the West irginia Penitentiaryâ and reported that it had continued âto grow in size and circulation and is now rated as one of the best magazines of its kind. Practically all of the articles are written by inmates.â4 The Work & Hope ofce also produced a promotional booklet for the penitentiary. The illustrated Souvenir focused on fa il y improvements and celebrated local culture and history.5 c it âDevoted to the Interests of Prisoners Everywhere,â
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Jul 17, 2017
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