"From colonial times to the 21st century, crime has been a sinister but perennial element of American history. Emphasizing unlawful acts that were the first of their kind, The Historical Atlas of American Crime analyzes how geography, shifting populations, western expansion, and technological innovations shaped crime, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system. From fraud to kidnapping to murder, from outlaw gangs to organized crime to terrorism, this book recounts key criminal events, specific to different settings and time periods, that influenced the development of the United States." This reference book presents a new way of looking at crime in America. Organized into discrete historical periods, the entries are written in an engaging "you-are-there" style and are enhanced by more than 50 photographs, 40 black-and-white maps, and 16 color pages of historical maps.