Hanging Henry Gambrill: The Violent Career of Baltimore's Plug Uglies, 1854-1860

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Maryland Historical Society, 2005 - History - 493 pages
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Street gangs were rampant in the 1850s and nowhere more than Baltimore. Tracy Melton has gone back to the newspapers, court records and every conceivable original source to recreate this colorful period. Some of it is violent and grisly, but the reader also gets descriptions of clothing and everyday life of gang members, etc. And finally we have the spectacle of four men on the gallows in the jail yard (a yard still visible from I-83 North off Center Street) singing a farewell song to an enormous crowd of spectators on a blustery cold, gray April day. All appeals exhausted, 15,000 people on the surrounding hills, like an amphitheater.

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Prologue The Unfortunate Condemned
ONe An Unlikely Parentage
three Disgraceful Proceedings

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Tracy Matthew Melton writes and teaches nineteenth-century urban history. He resides with his wife and three children in Oakton, Virginia.

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