Crime and Punishment: Outlaws, Lawmen and Deviants in the US, 1865-1941 (HIC2308)

30 credits

America now has far and away the largest prison population in the world, and crime has always played a major role in US history. This course examines American criminal history from the end of the Civil War through to the attack on Pearl Harbor. In this period of industrialization, it will investigate the spectacular financial crimes which defined modern America. These are also the times of Prohibition, White Slavery, the Wild West, mass immigration and the Roaring Twenties - all of which served to create some of the most potent and enduring images of America as a criminal nation.