Crime & Punishment in American History
This page collects various materials that I use in my course “Crime and Punishment in American History.” The course syllabus is here and the reading assignments and discussion questions are here. The paper sign-up sheet is here.
Jan. 17: John H. Langbein, “The Criminal Trial Before the Lawyers,” 45 U. Chi. L. Rev. 263 (1978) (Hein Online link).
Jan. 24: Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706 (George Lincoln Burr, ed. 1914) (excerpts).
Jan. 31: Cesare Beccaria, Of Crimes and Punishments (2d American edition, 1819; originally published in Italian in 1764).
Fedb. 12: Gustave de Beaumont & Alexis de Toqueville, On the Penitentiary System in the United States, and Its Application in France (Francis Lieber, trans. 1833).
March 7: Cara W. Robertson, “Representing ‘Miss Lizzie’: Cultural Convictions in the Trial of Lizzie Borden,” 8 Yale J. L. & Hum. 351, 351-404, 410-16 (1996) (Hein Online link).
March 26: Michael J. Klarman, “Scottsboro,” 93 Marq. L. Rev. 379 (2009).
April 11: Heather Ann Thompson, “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History,” 97 J. Am. Hist. 703 (2010) (Oxford journals link).
Jeremy Bentham, Panopticon (1791).