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By James M. Denham

The pervasive impact of the frontier is key to an knowing of antebellum Florida. James M. Denham lines the expansion and social improvement of this carefully settled zone via its event with crime and punishment. utilizing court docket files, govt files, newspapers, and private papers, Denham explores how crime affected usual Floridians - whites and blacks, perpetrators, sufferers, and enforcers. He contends that even if the frontier decided the enforcement and management of the legislations, the ethic of honor ruled human relationships. even supposing indictments for crimes opposed to individuals have been way more common than these for crimes opposed to estate, the punishment for the latter was once extra critical (except for homicide) simply because such crimes violated the South's adored code of honor. A sparse, rural agricultural inhabitants valued a private integrity that incorporated a powerful feel of monetary morality. Honesty and truthfulness have been characteristics not just wanted yet demanded. Stealing was once a contravention of that belief and bought society's sternest punishment.

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