The Montana vigilantes, 1863-1870 : gold, guns, and gallows / Judge Mark C. Dillon.

Historians and novelists alike have described the vigilantism that took root in the gold-mining communities of Montana in the mid-1860s. This book examines the subject through the prism of American legal history, considering the state of criminal justice and law enforcement in the western territorie...

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Online Access:Electronic book from JSTOR
Main Author: Dillon, Mark C.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published:Logan : Utah State University Press, [2013]
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Summary:Historians and novelists alike have described the vigilantism that took root in the gold-mining communities of Montana in the mid-1860s. This book examines the subject through the prism of American legal history, considering the state of criminal justice and law enforcement in the western territories and also trial procedures, gubernatorial politics, legislative enactments, and constitutional rights. Using newspaper articles, diaries, letters, biographies, invoices, and books that speak to the compelling history of Montana's vigilantism in the 1860s, the author examines the conduct of the vigilantes in the context of the due process norms of the time. He implicates the influence of lawyers and judges who, like their non-lawyer counterparts, shaped history during the rush to earn fortunes in gold.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xx, 449 pages) : illustrations, map
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-432) and index.
ISBN:9780874219203
0874219205
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