Fair Treatment of Prisoners

Dear Loyalists,

You have taken our people as prisoners. Our men are dying in your prisons. You don't give them enough food, you let them freeze in the winter and the bitter cold, you keep them all tightly packed together in a small room, and these people are dying in your prisons. If you are going to take our people prisoners you need to treat them fairly. Give them food so they don't starve. Give them blankets so they don't get sick. Help the prisoners instead holding a ball for the queen that's not here. If you don't stop this right now we'll make you pay. How would you like to live like our men in your prisons. If you keep doing this we won't let you take us as your prisoners. We'll fight to the death, we will never surrender to you cruel, horrible human beings. We will fight for our freedom. You have been warned.


This connects to the book "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson on almost every level. In the book there is a certain battle. The loyalists over power the patriots forcing the patriots to surrender. The patriots are taken prisoners. The prison that the patriots are put in is horrible. There is not enough food for all of the prisoners. During the winter it is freezing cold in the prison. People die because of the horrible treatment of the loyalists.

This even connects on a deeper level then first thought. Curzon, one of the main characters in the book, is taken prisoner there. Curzon almost dies and would have died if it weren't for Isabel. Dibdin states, "Terrible, ain't it, how fevers and pox tear through this place?" Curzon and others get sick because of the confined spaces and the horrible care. This was a terrible problem at that time and it needed to be talked about.