RULE OF JUSTICE: THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO VERSUS ZEPHYR DAVI (HISTORY CRIME & CRIMINAL JUS) pdf epub fb2

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RULE OF JUSTICE: THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO VERSUS ZEPHYR DAVI (HISTORY CRIME & CRIMINAL JUS) Author: -
Title: RULE OF JUSTICE: THE PEOPLE OF CHICAGO VERSUS ZEPHYR DAVI (HISTORY CRIME & CRIMINAL JUS)
ISBN: 0814250688
ISBN13: 978-0814250686
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Pages: 158 pages
Publisher: Ohio State University Press (December 22, 2008)
Language: English
Category: History
Size PDF version: 1485 kb
Size EPUB version: 1777 kb
Subcategory: Americas




The Rule of Justice explores a sensational homicide case that took place in Chicago in 1888. Zephyr Davis, a young African American man accused of murdering an Irish American girl who was his coworker, was pursued, captured, tried, and convicted amid public demands for swift justice and the return of social order. Through a close study of the case, Dale explores the tension between popular ideas about justice and the rule of law in industrial America.

As Dale observes, mob justice -- despite the presence of a professional police force -- was quite common in late nineteenth-century Chicago, and it was the mob that ultimately captured Davis. Once Davis was apprehended, the public continued to make its will known through newspaper articles and public meetings, called by various civic organizations to discuss or protest the case. Dale demonstrates that public opinion mattered and did, in fact, exert an influence on criminal law and criminal justice. She shows, in this particular instance the public was able to limit the authority of the legal system and the state, with the result that criminal law conformed to popular will.

The Rule of Justice is sure to appeal to historians of criminal justice, legal historians, those interested in Chicago history, and those interested in the history of race relations in America.