"A pioneering and stimulating examination of a neglected aspect of southern history and a significant addition to the historiography of crime and punishment in America."--American Historical Review
"A major study that quite clearly is better than anything yet written on the subject."--The Journal of American History
"A distinguished contribution to the venerable debate over the relationship between southerners and the laws."--Reviews in American History
"An excellent and valuable study."--The Journal of Southern History
"This book offers a number of compelling and even original theories....It is also exceptionally well written."--Louisiana History
"An elegantly designed study, original and persuasive."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Edward L. Ayers is at University of Virginia.