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NCJ Number: 99351 Find in a Library
Title: Campaigns Against Corporal Punishment - Prisoners, Sailors, Women, and Children in Antebellum America
Author(s): M C Glenn
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 221
Sponsoring Agency: State University of New York Press
Albany, NY 12207
Sale Source: State University of New York Press
90 State Street, Suite 700
Albany, NY 12207
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines the theory and practices of corporal punishment within the context of the naval, prison, domestic, and educational reform campaigns which occurred in New England and New York from the late 1820's to the late 1850's.
Abstract: Subsequent to the Revolutionary War, statutes and regulations legitimized the physical punishment of seamen, convicts, and children. The emergence of reform movements and the development of widespread opposition to this physical punishment are traced, with an emphasis on reformers' underlying concerns. Also discussed are cultural concerns and contextual factors promoting opposition to physical punishment, including the abolitionist movement, specialization, the desire for institutional efficiency, and feminization of the home and school. The impact of age, gender, and ethnicity on reformers' perspectives of punishment also is analyzed. Extant writings by convicts and seamen, naval and prison punishment records, and annual legislative reports are examined to document the significant decline in the actual use of physical punishment during the antebellum period and increasing experimentation with a range of psychological disciplinary techniques. Appendixes, an index, and approximately 320 references are included.
Index Term(s): Abused women; Child abuse; Discipline; History of corrections; Inmate discipline; Law reform; Privacy and security; Social change; Socioculture
Note: SUNY Series in American Social History
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