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Curious Punishments of bygone Days

Colonial American justice was harsh with transgressors: liars were bound to the whipping-post and scolding women sentenced to the ducking stool. Derived from court records, newspapers, diaries, and letters, this illustrated volume offers authentic views of many traditional forms of chastisement. These punitive measures were taken against petty thieves, unruly servants, Sabbath-breakers, revilers, gamblers, drunkards, ballad-singers, fortune-tellers, and other offenders against the rigid social code of early America. ""Engines of punishment"" included the stocks, the pillory, the infamous scarle.

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  • "Colonial American justice was harsh with transgressors: liars were bound to the whipping-post and scolding women sentenced to the ducking stool. Derived from court records, newspapers, diaries, and letters, this illustrated volume offers authentic views of many traditional forms of chastisement. These punitive measures were taken against petty thieves, unruly servants, Sabbath-breakers, revilers, gamblers, drunkards, ballad-singers, fortune-tellers, and other offenders against the rigid social code of early America. ""Engines of punishment"" included the stocks, the pillory, the infamous scarle."@en
  • "In Curious Punishments of Bygone Days, the punishment did not always fit the crime, as this fine old illustrated history of wrath and righteousness shows. One of the earliest institutions in every New England community was a pair of stocks. The first public building was a meeting house, but often before any house of God was built, the devil got his restraining engine. And who were the heinous criminals that the righteous put in the stocks? The punishment generally, in England and America both, was for petty thieves, unruly servants, Sabbath-breakers, revilers, gamblers, drunkards, ballad-singe."@en
  • "An 1896 study of old-time laws, punishments, and penalties, such as bilboes, the ducking stool, and the scarlet letter, with information on specific instances in which the disciplines were used."
  • "An 1896 study of old-time laws, punishments, and penalties, such as bilboes, the ducking stool, and the scarlet letter, with information on specific instances in which the disciplines were used."@en
  • "The subject is not a pleasant one, though it often has a humorous element; but a punishment that is obsolete gains an interest and dignity from antiquity and its history becomes endurable because it has a past only and no future. That men were pilloried and women ducked by our law-abiding forbears rouses a thrill of hot indignation which dies down into a dull ember of curiosity when we reflect that they will never be pilloried or ducked again."

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