Prison and Plantation

Prison and Plantation : Crime, Justice, and Authority in Massachusetts and South Carolina, 1767-1878

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This broad, comparative study examines the social, economic, and legal contexts of crime and authority in two vastly different states over a one hundred year period. Massachusetts--an urban, industrial, and heterogeneous northern state--chose the penitentiary in its attempt to minimise the role of informal and extra legal authority while South Carolina--a rural southern slave state--systematically reduced its formal legal institutions, frequently relying on vigilantism.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 313 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0807836087
  • 9780807836088