Cribs, Cages, and Baskets

Cages are first cousins to cells, but more often used with animals than people. All over the U.S. and Europe in the 19th and earlier centuries, the business of people keeping arose. The people being kept were used to confine people whose behavior offended relatives and neighbors. Cells and cages were required to keep them from running home again. For really difficult cases, special "cribs" were constructed to hold them supine and vulnerable.