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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 by exploring changes over time in the criminal justice system, and in the incidence, definition, and policing of offenses such as murder, assault, gambling, prostitution, rape, theft, counterfeiting, rioting, and robbery. We will also explore the changing nature of crime reporting and newspapers as a source for the history of crime. The major assignment is a digital project using a newspaper in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America collection to analyze crime in a particular time and place.