By Kenneth McIntosh
American society within the 1800s had a coarse side to it. In a state made of humans of numerous backgrounds and history, social controls had to be strict & enforceable. the extraordinary fiscal inequality of America's towns and the wide-open ethical code of the frontier resulted in a tradition of crime and violence that also plagues our country.
During the 1800s, specialist police forces have been validated in towns, cities, and territories around the continent. at the frontier, "justice" was once usually quick & serious, with "hanging judges" making their reputations as representatives of the legislations in a lawless land. lengthy legal sentences in depressing stipulations have been the guideline for criminals, and lots of a prisoner may have hottest the choice of a brief execution. ahead of the reform of the criminal system-which is an ongoing process-there used to be certainly a separate legislation, and a separate commonplace of consequences, for the wealthy and for the poor.
The evolution of a humane penal approach and a fairer safety of all voters below the legislation is a vital contribution of 1800s the US to the trendy global.
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Outlaws and Lawmen: Crime and Punishment in the 1800s (Daily Life in America in the 1800s) by Kenneth McIntosh