Curious Punishments

Author(s): Alice Morse Earle
Original Publish Date: Sep 11, 2012
Product Number: EB00644016
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781462909117
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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In Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, the punishment did not always fit the crime, as this fine old illustrated history of wrath and righteousness shows. One of the earliest institutions in every New England community was a pair of stocks. The first public building was a meeting house, but often before any house of God was built, the devil got his restraining engine. And who were the heinous criminals that the righteous put in the stocks? The punishment generally, in England and America both, was for petty thieves, unruly servants, Sabbath-breakers, revilers, gamblers, drunkards, ballad-singers, fortunetellers, traveling musicians, and a variety of other offenders.

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