Crime and Criminality in 18th Century Virginia

Author(s): Jessica L Barry

Year: 2016


The definition of a criminal has always been "a person who commits a crime," but the definition of a crime has been fluid through time. There are levels of severity of crimes and they all don’t carry the same weight in the justice system or in society. In Colonial Virginia, there were prisons in every county as well as a courthouse where the trials were held. This small conglomeration of buildings were at the heart of the county seat where the civil and social lives of the citizens flourished. This paper aims to show the effects of crime on society and how society effects what a crime is in Amherst County

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Crime and Criminality in 18th Century Virginia. Jessica L Barry. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434810)

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Temporal Keywords
18th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 936