Vengeance and Justice: Crime and Punishment in the Nineteenth-Century American South

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Exploring the major elements of southern crime and punishment at a time that saw the formation of the fundamental patterns of class and race, Ayers studies the inner workings of the police, prison, and judicial systems, and the nature of crime.

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Edward L. Ayers is at University of Virginia.

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"A pioneering and stimulating examination of a neglected aspect of southern history and a significant addition to the historiography of crime and punishment in America."--American Historical Review


"A major study that quite clearly is better than anything yet written on the subject."--The Journal of American History


"A distinguished contribution to the venerable debate over the relationship between southerners and the laws."--Reviews in American History


"An excellent and valuable study."--The Journal of Southern History


"This book offers a number of compelling and even original theories....It is also exceptionally well written."--Louisiana History


"An elegantly designed study, original and persuasive."--Kirkus Reviews


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