I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!

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I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! is a book written by Robert Elliott Burns in 1932 and published by Grosset & Dunlap.

The book tells the story of Burns' imprisonment on a chain gang in Georgia in the 1920s, his subsequent escape, and the furor that developed. The story was first published in January 1932, serialized in True Detective Mysteries magazine.[1] Later that year, Burns' story was made into the motion picture I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, starring Paul Muni. The book and movie were both credited with helping to reform deplorable conditions on Deep South chain gangs under Governor Ellis Arnall in 1943.

A sequel, Out of These Chains, was written by Burns' brother, Vincent Godfrey Burns, an Episcopalian priest, in 1942.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Robert Elliott Burns, I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!, Vanguard Press, 1932; Gale Research, 1972; Beehive Press, 1994; University of Georgia Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-8203-1943-8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Georgia Encyclopedia: I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2012-01-31.