EARLE, ALICE MORSE.
Title Curious Punishments Of Bygone Days.
Book Condition Softcover. Good condition.
Edition Third Printing.
Publisher Charles E. Tuttle Company, Rutland: 1975.
0804809593 / 9780804809597
Seller ID 68214X1
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. This subject, while not a pleasant one, often has humorous aspects; and punishments that are obsolete gain an interest and dignity from their antiquity. Their history, as this fascinating book shows, becomes endurable because they have past only and no future.
(Key Words: Punishment, Alice Morse Earle, Whippings, Sociology, Ducking, Stocks, Pillory, Scarlet Letter).