By Kenneth McIntosh
American society within the 1800s had a coarse side to it. In a kingdom made from humans of various backgrounds and historical past, social controls had to be strict & enforceable. the extraordinary financial inequality of America's towns and the wide-open ethical code of the frontier ended in a tradition of crime and violence that also plagues our country.
During the 1800s, expert police forces have been tested in towns, cities, and territories around the continent. at the frontier, "justice" used to be usually quick & critical, with "hanging judges" making their reputations as representatives of the legislation in a lawless land. lengthy criminal sentences in depressing stipulations have been the rule of thumb for criminals, and lots of a prisoner may need most well-liked the choice of a short execution. prior to the reform of the felony system-which is an ongoing process-there was once certainly a separate legislation, and a separate regular of consequences, for the wealthy and for the poor.
The evolution of a humane penal approach and a fairer defense of all voters below the legislations is a vital contribution of 1800s the US to the trendy global.