Prison and Plantation: Crime, Justice, and Authority in Massachusetts and South Carolina, 1767-1878
University of North Carolina Press, 1980 - 285 pages
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.
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