12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW
Section Information for Spring 2021
This course is a thematic study of the history of crime and its policing and prosecution in the United States from the 1870s to the 1920s. We will use newspapers in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America collection to explore the incidence, definition, and policing of offenses such as murder, assault, prostitution, rape, sodomy, theft, counterfeiting and forgery, and arson. To make sense of that evidence, we will analyse the history of how newspapers reported crime, the development of criminal law and the how the criminal justice system developed. Each student will choose a newspaper from a particular time and place, research each offense in that publication and the criminal law that applied for the class meetings, and for the major assignment develop a digital project that examines the reporting of one of those crimes.
HIST 395 002 is a distance education section.
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