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Rough Justice Lynching and American Society, 1874-1947

ISBN-10: 025207405X

ISBN-13: 9780252074059

Edition: 2006

Authors: Michael J. Pfeifer

List price: $23.00
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In this first national, cross-regional study of lynching and criminal justice, Michael J. Pfeifer investigates the pervasive and persistent commitment to "rough justice" that characterized rural and working class areas of most of the United States in the late nineteenth century. Defining rough justice as the harsh, informal, and often communal punishment of perceived criminal behavior, Pfeifer examines the influence of race, gender, and class on understandings of criminal justice and shows how they varied across regions. He argues that lynching only ended when 'rough justice" enthusiasts compromised with middle-class advocates of due process by revamping the death penalty into an efficient, technocratic, and highly racialized mechanism of retributive justice.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 2/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English