Curious Punishments of Bygone Days

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Applewood Books, Mar 1, 1995 - History - 176 pages
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Alice Morse Earle was a social historian of great note at the turn of the century, and many of her books have lived on as well-researched and well-written texts of everyday life in Colonial America. Curious Punishments of Bygone Days was published in 1896. It is a catalog of early American crimes and their penalties, with chapters on the pillories, stocks, the scarlet letter, the ducking stool, discipline of authors and books (egad!), and four other horrifying examples of ways in which those who transgressed the laws of Colonial America were made to pay for their sins.
  

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

When reading accounts like those recalled in this book, one can't help but feel relieved to be living in this century! To think that there was a time when a person could be whipped for lying, or put ... Read full review

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

Now utterly outdated, but still a noteworthy anecdotal and by no means particularly thoroughgoing history of crimes and punishments in the early English colonies (as well as a few cases from Britain ... Read full review

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ALICE MORSE EARLE (1851-1911) was a popular writer of the Colonial Revival movement. She was the author of seventeen books, many of them about daily life in early America, especially in New England. Thanks to her meticulous research and the timelessness of her writing, a number of these books are still in print. VIRGINIA LOPEZ BEGG is a landscape historian and designer, and author of numerous articles about the role of women in shaping the American landscape, particularly through the garden literature of the 1860-1940 period.

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