Murder in America: A History

Murder in America: A History

by Roger Lane
     
 

This book is the first serious study of the history of criminal homicide in America, reaching from precolonial times to the age of the O. J. Simpson trial. Noted historian Roger Lane provides this much-needed overview of the history of murder and our culture's responses to it. Lane demonstrates that the study of murder can provide important clues about the way society… See more details below

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This book is the first serious study of the history of criminal homicide in America, reaching from precolonial times to the age of the O. J. Simpson trial. Noted historian Roger Lane provides this much-needed overview of the history of murder and our culture's responses to it. Lane demonstrates that the study of murder can provide important clues about the way society actually works, its fears and tensions, its concept of justice, and the value it places on different kinds of human life. Roger Lane simply asks the same questions of the past that we ask of the present: What causes murder rates to go up or down? How efficiently or fairly has the justice system worked in dealing with homicide? What are or have been the roles of economic difference and family structure, of the courts and the media, of the Wild West and the urban Industrial Revolution, of Indian warfare and African-American slavery? But if the questions are familiar, Lane shows us that the answers cannot be fitted neatly into boxes we now label either "liberal" or "conservative." They will surprise most readers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814207338
Publisher:
Ohio State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
History of Crime and Criminal Justice Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
399
Sales rank:
1,312,395
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Historian as Detective1
1The British Background9
2The Colonial Era, 1607-177633
3The American Revolution and the Early Republic, 1776-182967
4The Antebellum Decades and the Civil War, 1829-186592
5The Civil War to World War I, 1865-1917146
6World War I to World War II, 1917-1941214
7World War II to the Vietnam War, 1941-1963249
8The Sixties, 1963-1974268
9Murder in Contemporary America, 1974 to the Present: A Historical Perspective304
Select Bibliography355
Index367

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