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Criminal Justice in the United States, 1789–1939


Part of New Histories of American Law

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107008847

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  • This book chronicles the development of criminal law in America, from the beginning of the constitutional era (1789) through the rise of the New Deal order (1939). Elizabeth Dale discusses the changes in criminal law during that period, tracing shifts in policing, law, the courts and punishment. She also analyzes the role that popular justice - lynch mobs, vigilance committees, law-and-order societies and community shunning - played in the development of America's criminal justice system. This book explores the relation between changes in America's criminal justice system and its constitutional order.

    • Relates criminal justice to popular justice
    • Explores the relation between criminal law and constitutional order
    • Uses the history of criminal law to explore the nature and extent of the state in US history
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107008847
    • length: 190 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 145 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Criminal justice and the nation, 1789–1860
    2. Law and justice in the states, 1789–1839
    3. Law vs justice in the states, 1840–65
    4. States and nation, 1860–1900
    5. Criminal justice, 1900–35
    6. Rights and the turn to law, 1937–9.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • American Constitutional and Legal History
    • Courts and Social Policy
    • Criminal Law
    • History of U.S. Criminal Justice System
    • Independent study which may lead to an undergraduate course prospectus
    • Introductory Criminology
    • Lawyering: A History
    • Legal History
    • Race and Politics
    • U.S. Constitutional & Legal History
  • Author

    Elizabeth Dale, University of Florida
    Elizabeth Dale currently teaches history and law at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on expressions of popular sovereignty, specifically popular efforts to determine and enforce notions of right and wrong, in constitutional orders. She has written several books including the forthcoming Chicago's Trunk Murder: Law and Justice at the Turn of the Century. Her articles have been published in the Law and History Review, the American Historical Review and the Northern Illinois Law Review.

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