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Crimes Against Children: Sexual Violence and Legal Culture in New York City, 1880-1960 (Studies in Legal History)

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In the first half of the twentieth century, Americans' intense concern with sex crimes against children led to a wave of public discussion, legislative action, and criminal prosecution. Stephen Robertson provides the first large-scale, long-term study of how American criminal courts dealt with the prosecution of sexual violence.

Robertson describes how the nineteenth-century approach to childhood as a single phase of innocence began to shift at the end of the century to include several stages of childhood development, prompting reformers to create legal categories such as statutory rape and carnal abuse to protect children. However, while ordinary New Yorkers' involvement in the prosecution of those offenses reshaped their understandings of who was a child and produced a new concern to establish the age of their sexual partners, their beliefs in childhood innocence and in a concept of sexuality centered on sexual intercourse remained unchanged. As a result, families' use of the law and jurors' decisions ultimately diminished the protection the new laws offered to children. Robertson's study, based on the previously unexamined files of the New York County district attorney's office, reveals the importance of child sexuality and sex crimes in twentieth-century American culture.

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Robertson's study, based on the previously unexamined files of the New York County district attorney's office, reveals the importance of child sexuality and sex crimes in twentieth-century American culture. He offers the first major study of the child protection movement's law enforcement work and the prosecution of sexual violence in American criminal courts in the first half of the 20th century.

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Stephen Robertson is a lecturer in the department of history at the University of Sydney.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807855966
Author:
Robertson, Stephen
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Criminal Law
Subject:
Child Advocacy
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; childhood and sexuality; sexual violence; molestation; sex crimes; criminal justice
Subject:
New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Subject:
childhood and sexuality
Subject:
Sexual violence.
Subject:
molestation
Subject:
Sex crimes
Subject:
Criminal justice.
Subject:
Law : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Studies in Legal History
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , Robertson's study, based on the previously unexamined files of the New York County district attorney's office, reveals the importance of child sexuality and sex crimes in twentieth-century American culture. He offers the first major study of the child protection movement's law enforcement work and the prosecution of sexual violence in American criminal courts in the first half of the 20th century.
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