Prison and Plantation

Prison and Plantation

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 minimize the role of informal and extralegal authority while South Carolina--a rural southern slave state--systematically reduced its formal legal institutions, frequently relying on vigilantism.… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Collection: Studies in Legal History

Page count: 313 pages

Language: English


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