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Witches, Wifebeaters, and Whores: Common Law and Common Folk in Early America


The early American legal system permeated the lives of colonists and reflected their sense of what was right and wrong, honorable and dishonorable, moral and immoral. In a compelling book full of the extraordinary stories of ordinary people, Elaine Forman Crane reveals the ways in which early Americans clashed with or conformed to the social norms established by the law.


By Elaine Forman Crane. Published by Cornell Press, 2011. 289 pages, Hardcover.