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Crime and punishment in American history

Author: Lawrence M Friedman
Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a panoramic history of our criminal justice system from colonial times to today, one of our foremost legal thinkers shows how America fashioned a system of crime and punishment in its own image." "Lawrence M. Friedman argues that the evolution of criminal justice has reflected transformations in America's character. Thus the theocratic world of seventeenth-century Puritanism generated a peculiar equation between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Friedman, Lawrence Meir, 1930-
Crime and punishment in American history.
New York : BasicBooks, ©1993
(OCoLC)631878114
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence M Friedman
ISBN: 0465014615 9780465014613 0465014879 9780465014873
OCLC Number: 27174158
Description: xi, 577 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Tight little islands : criminal justice in the colonial period. The shape and nature of the law ; The law of God and man --
From the Revolution to the close of the nineteenth century. The mechanics of power : the republican period ; Power and its victims ; Setting the price : criminal justice and the economy ; Morals, morality, and criminal justice ; The mechanics of power II : professionalization and reform in the late nineteenth century ; Lawful law and lawless law : forms of American violence ; Legal culture : crimes of mobility ; Women and criminal justice to the end of the nineteenth century ; The evolution of criminal process : trials and errors --
Criminal justice in the twentieth century. A national system ; Crime on the streets, crime in the suites ; Realignment and reform ; Law, morals, and victimless crime ; The mechanics of power : some twentieth-century aspects ; The contemporary criminal trial ; Gender and justice ; Crimes of the self : twentieth-century legal culture ; A nation besieged.
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