Outlaws and Lawmen: Crime and Punishment in the 1800s

Overview

American society in the 1800s had a rough edge to it. In a nation made up of people of diverse backgrounds and heritage, social controls needed to be strict & enforceable. The extreme economic inequality of America's cities and the wide-open moral code of the frontier led to a culture of crime and violence that still plagues our country. During the 1800s, professional police forces were established in cities, towns, and territories across the continent. On the frontier, "justice" was often swift & severe,...

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Overview

American society in the 1800s had a rough edge to it. In a nation made up of people of diverse backgrounds and heritage, social controls needed to be strict & enforceable. The extreme economic inequality of America's cities and the wide-open moral code of the frontier led to a culture of crime and violence that still plagues our country. During the 1800s, professional police forces were established in cities, towns, and territories across the continent. On the frontier, "justice" was often swift & severe, with "hanging judges" making their reputations as representatives of the law in a lawless land. Long prison sentences in miserable conditions were the rule for criminals, and many a prisoner might have preferred the option of a quick execution. Before the reform of the legal system-which is an ongoing process-there was definitely a separate law, and a separate standard of penalties, for the rich and for the poor. The evolution of a humane penal system and a fairer protection of all citizens under the law is an important contribution of 1800s America to the modern world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The nineteenth century was a time of important developments in crime fighting in America. During that century police forces were organized, law enforcement was extended into the previously lawless western territories, and advancements were made in criminology. On the side of law breakers, the nineteenth century was also a time of legendary accomplishments. Figures such as Butch Cassidy, Billie the Kid, and Jesse James were all raised to a level of popular heroism because of their daring, albeit illegal, activities. In this volume of the "Daily Life in America in the 1800s"series readers are provided a very concise overview of some of the leading individuals and events in the field of law enforcement that occurred in the nineteenth century. Throughout the text numerous photos, drawings, and other visuals are included to amplify the author's text. The primary focus of the text is on broad trends and a few interesting individuals. Periodic mini-biographies of critical figures are included and represent some of the most interesting content in the book. Additionally, several newspaper announcements from the past and fictional accounts are included to expand on the historical content. This combination results in a workmanlike, albeit not captivating, look at a topic that could interest youngsters. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422218570
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: Daily Life in America in the 1800s Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,459,797
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part I Violence in the New Nation: The Early 1800s 9

Part II Violence and Slavery: The Civil War Era 25

Part III Outlaws and Lawmen in the Wild West 37

Think About It 58

Words Used in This Book 59

Find Out More 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 63

About the Author & the Consultant 64

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