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Alcatraz Essay

  • Submitted by: moughite
  • on January 1, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,956 words

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Prisoners were brought to
Alcatraz in armored railcars
carried on ferries.

As YoU REAd, tHink ABoUt:

wHy THEy TRIED

this article is about a dangerous
escape attempt by inmates at
Alcatraz. As you read, consider
how conditions at Alcatraz may
have motivated them to risk
their lives.

A

t exactly 9:30 on
the night of June
11, 1962, the lights
at Alcatraz Prison
went out. Most
of the inmates

shivered on their thin, narrow beds
as they tried to get some sleep.
But not Frank Morris.
Morris waited for the prison

AlcAtRAz wAs nicknAmEd
“UNCLE SAM’S DEVIL’S ISLAND.”

to quiet, his heart pounding. If all

their cells and set up a secret

went according to plan, he would

workshop.

never sleep behind bars again.
For months, Morris and three

Many Had Drowned

Now, as darkness settled over
Alcatraz, everything was ready.
Well, almost.
At the last minute, West couldn’t

Men who had tried to escape

get out of his cell. Morris and the

brothers Clarence and John

before had drowned swimming in

Anglin brothers went on without

Anglin, had been secretly plotting

the frigid waters of San Francisco

him. They wriggled out of their

to escape from the bleak prison,

Bay. Morris and his friends did

cells and climbed up plumbing

perched on an island in the middle

not intend to swim, though. Using

pipes. Finally, they stepped onto

of San Francisco Bay. People said

stolen and handmade tools, they’d...

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