American interest in Australia has never been more intense; the recent success of Robert Hughes’s The Fatal Shore has both underscored and enhanced an American sympathy for perceived similarities of national origin and development. Just as modern America searches its own past for clues to current behavior and direction , so historical Australia provides increasingly apt comparisons. While American slavery and Australian penal society are clearly distinct institutions in many ways, the rhetoric of their contemporary descriptions, the proposal of remedies, and the psychology of their conditions often appear strikingly similar.
"The Broad Arrow: Conventions, Convictions, and Convicts,"
Antipodes: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/antipodes/vol1/iss2/5