The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: A-De

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Wilbur R. Miller
SAGE, Jun 29, 2012 - Social Science - 2606 pages
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Several encyclopedias overview the contemporary system of criminal justice in America, but full understanding of current social problems and contemporary strategies to deal with them can come only with clear appreciation of the historical underpinnings of those problems. Thus, this five-volume work surveys the history and philosophy of crime, punishment, and criminal justice institutions in America from colonial times to the present. It covers the whole of the criminal justice system, from crimes, law enforcement and policing, to courts, corrections and human services. Among other things, this encyclopedia: explicates philosophical foundations underpinning our system of justice; charts changing patterns in criminal activity and subsequent effects on legal responses; identifies major periods in the development of our system of criminal justice; and explores in the first four volumes - supplemented by a fifth volume containing annotated primary documents - evolving debates and conflicts on how best to address issues of crime and punishment. Its signed entries in the first four volumes--supplemented by a fifth volume containing annotated primary documents--provide the historical context for students to better understand contemporary criminological debates and the contemporary shape of the U.S. system of law and justice.
  

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Contents

List of Articles
vii
Readers Guide
xvii
About the Editor
xxvi
V
1
Contents Volume
5
Volume 2
v
Volume 3
v
List of Articles vii
vii
Excerpts From the Memoirs of Abigail Abbot Bailey
2052
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1793
2053
Runaway Slave Notice
2054
Washington Proclamation on the Whiskey Rebellion
2055
United States v Mitchell
2057
John Adams Proclamation on the Insurrection in Pennsylvania
2059
The Shays Rebellion in Massachusetts
2060
to 1850
2063

1175
1941
L
1952
Volume 5
1989
Introduction
1991
Primary Documents
2007
Excerpt of Samuel de Champlains Introduction of Firearms to the Indians
2008
Laws of the Colony of Virginia
2009
Trial and Interrogation of Anne Hutchinson
2010
Plymouth Colony Adultery Case
2011
Maryland Act of Religion
2012
Virginia Slave Laws
2014
Bacons Rebellion The Declaration
2015
Samuel Prince Describes the Boston Uprising
2017
Accusations Against Elizabeth Proctor
2019
Ann Putnams Confession
2020
Excerpt From the New York Negro Plot Trials Testimony
2021
Mary Jemisons Account of Kidnapping by Indians
2022
A FirstHand Account of the Boston Tea Party
2025
to 1800
2029
Slave Petition for Freedom to the Massachusetts Legislature
2049
George Washingtons Writings on Benedict Arnolds Treason
2050
Thomas Jefferson on the Need for the Occasional Revolution
2051
Indictment of Aaron Burr
2078
Elkinson v Deliesseline
2080
President Jacksons Remarks to Congress on Indian Removal
2083
William Lloyd Garrisons Declaration of Sentiments
2085
The Republic Article on the Philadelphia Ethnic Riots
2088
An Eyewitness Account of the Murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith
2090
to 1900
2097
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2122
to 1920
2161
to 1940
2201
to 1960
2263
to 1980
2337
to 2000
2407
to 2012
2443
193
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About the author (2012)

Wilbur R. (Bill) Miller received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1973. His teaching is varied and includes such courses as Civil War & Reconstruction, Gilded Age & Progressive Era, Immigration & Family History, and History of Crime & Criminal Justice in the U.S. His research interests include comparative police history, state and federal policing, representations of crime and criminal justice in popular literatures, and the general theme of authority in America. His prior publications include Cops & Bobbies: Police Authority in New York City & London, 1830-1870 (University of Chicago Press, 1977; second edition, Ohio State University Press, 1995) and Revenuers & Moonshiners: Enforcing Federal Liquor Law in the Mountain South (University of North Carolina Press, 1991). Prior to coming to SUNY-Stony Brook in 1975, he was a lecturer and assistant professor at Princeton University.

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