Curious Punishments of Bygone Days

Product Number: EB00792961
Released: Dec 02, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780486780887
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Description

Colonial American justice was harsh with transgressors: liars were bound to the whipping-post and scolding women sentenced to the ducking stool. Derived from court records, newspapers, diaries, and letters, this illustrated volume offers authentic views of many traditional forms of chastisement. These punitive measures were taken against petty thieves, unruly servants, Sabbath-breakers, revilers, gamblers, drunkards, ballad-singers, fortune-tellers, and other offenders against the rigid social code of early America. "Engines of punishment" included the stocks, the pillory, the infamous scarlet letter, and other forms of public humiliation. From book burnings to brandings, this unusual book offers arresting insights into colonial concepts of crime and punishment.

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Author(s): Alice Morse Earle
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Jun 25, 2014

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