The Devil Made Me Do It!

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Crime and Punishment in Early New England

eBook - 2012
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Tales of the country's original criminalsand how the courts punished them for their misdeeds<P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt> <P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt>Scarlet Letters, wanton dalliances, Sabbathbreaking, and debt: Colonial laws were easily broken and the malefactors who broke them, swiftly punished. How did our ancestors deal with murder and mayhem? How did seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England communities handle deviants? How have definitions of criminal behavior and its punishment changed over the centuries? What were early prisons like? What were the duties of a turn-key? Find out all this and more in The Devil Made Me Do It.<P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt> <P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt>Drawing on early court dockets, diaries, sermons, gaolers' records, and other primary sources, Juliet Haines Mofford investigates historical cases from a time when accused felons often pleaded in their own defense: The Devil made me do it! <P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt> <P style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt>Among the questions that emerge in this fascinating book: Would spinster Sarah Booker be punished today for her 1769 theft of three skeins of linen yarn? Would Joan Andrews still get a T for Theft pinned upon her bodice for cheating a client by placing two stones in the firkin of butter she sold him?
Publisher: Guilford, CT : Globe Pequot Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780762775965
0762775963
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 231 pages).

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