12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR
Section Information for Spring 2018
This course is a thematic examination of the history of crime and its policing and prosecution in the United States from the 1860s to the present. It will consider crime as a feature of modern American life and as a window on the past by exploring changes over time in the criminal justice system, and in the incidence, definition, and policing of offenses such as murder, prostitution, rape, robbery, organized crime, and juvenile crime. We will also explore different historical approaches to the study of crime. The major assignment is a digital project using newspapers in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America collection to analyse crime in a particular time or place.
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