Schedule

The class will meet Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00-1:15PM on Blackboard Collaborate – login to the course site in mymason.gmu.edu, click on Class Meetings in the left menu and then on the link for the date of the meeting.

Week 1


Week 2

Choose the newspaper that will be the focus of your work in this course. When you choose a paper, use this list and make sure there are issues of the paper in the database for either the years 1880-1900 or 1900-1920.


Week 3

  • 2/10 – MURDER – in Chronicling America newspapers
    • Search term: Murder


Week 4:

  • 2/17 – ASSAULT– in Chronicling America newspapers
    • Search: Assault


Week 5:

  • 2/24– SEX OFFENSES: RAPE – in Chronicling America newspapers
    • Search: criminal assault; rape


Week 6:

  • 3/3 – NO CLASS

Week 7:

  • 3/10 – MORALS OFFENSES: GAMBLING – in Chronicling America newspapers
    • Search: gambling; lottery; policy slips; slot machine

 


Week 8:

  • 3/15 – MORALS OFFENSES: LIQUOR & PROHIBITION
    • Resource for assignment#4
      • Lisa McGirr, The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State, chap. 3: “Selective Enforcement,” 67-102 (available online through HathiTrust, login with your GMU credentials)
  • 3/17– MORALS OFFENSES: LIQUOR & PROHIBITION – in Chronicling America newspapers
    • Search:  liquor; drunkenness; smuggling; license; bootlegger; padlocking; conspiracy; raid


 Week 9:

  • 3/24 – PROPERTY CRIME: THEFT – in Chronicling America newspapers
    • Search: embezzlement; theft; stealing; stolen; larceny; shoplifting


Week 10:

  • 3/28 – PROPERTY CRIME: COUNTERFEITING & FORGERY
    • Resource for assignment#4
      • David Johnson, Illegal Tender: Counterfeiting and the Secret Service in Nineteenth-Century America, chap. 2:  37-64; & chap. 7: Crime and Power, 171-180
  • 3/31 – PROPERTY CRIME: COUNTERFEITING & FORGERY – in Chronicling America newspapers
    • Search: counterfeit; forgery


Week 11:

  • 4/7 – PROPERTY CRIME: ARSON – in Chronicling America newspapers
    • Search: arson; incendiary; firebug


Week 12:

  • 4/12 – EXHIBIT BUILDING IN OMEKA S
  • 4/14 – EXHIBIT BUILDING IN OMEKA S

Week 13:

  • 4/19 – THE SYSTEM (1)
    • Reading:
      • William Stuntz, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011), chap. 5: “Criminal Justice in the Gilded Age,” 129-157 (available online thru the GMU library)
  • 4/21 – THE SYSTEM (2)
    • Reading:
      • Elizabeth Dale, Criminal Justice in the United States, 1789-1939 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), chap. 5: “Criminal Justice 1900-1936,” 97-121.

Week 14

  • 4/28 – PRIVATE DETECTIVES
    • Reading:
      • John Walton, The Legendary Detective: The Private Eye in Fact and Fiction, chap. 3: “Agency Business,” 55-76.

 

 

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