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Myth of the Hanging Tree: Stories of Crime and Punishment in Territorial New Mexico

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The haunting specter of hanging trees holds a powerful sway on the American imagination, conjuring images of rough-and-tumble frontier towns struggling to impose law and order in a land where violence was endemic. In this thoughtful study, former New Mexico State Historian Robert Tórrez examines several fascinating criminal cases that reveal the harsh and often gruesome realities of the role hangings, legal or otherwise, played in the administration of frontier justice.

At first glance, the topic may seem downright morbid, and in a sense it is, but these violent attempts at justice are embedded in our perception of America's western experience. In tracing territorial New Mexico's efforts to enforce law, Tórrez challenges the myths and popular perceptions about hangings and lynchings in this corner of the Wild West.

Synopsis:

Torrez studies the gritty role of hangings in frontier New Mexico.

About the Author

Robert J. Torrez is former New Mexico state historian.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826343796
Author:
Torrez, Robert J.
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Author:
T??rrez, Robert J.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Capital punishment
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
New Mexico Social conditions.
Subject:
Capital punishment - New Mexico - History
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Americana » New Mexico
History and Social Science » Crime » Prisons and Prisoners

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