By James M. Denham
The pervasive impact of the frontier is prime to an knowing of antebellum Florida. James M. Denham lines the expansion and social improvement of this moderately settled zone via its event with crime and punishment. utilizing court docket files, executive records, newspapers, and private papers, Denham explores how crime affected usual Floridians - whites and blacks, perpetrators, sufferers, and enforcers. He contends that even if the frontier made up our minds the enforcement and management of the legislations, the ethic of honor ruled human relationships. even if indictments for crimes opposed to individuals have been way more common than these for crimes opposed to estate, the punishment for the latter used to be extra critical (except for homicide) simply because such crimes violated the South's loved code of honor. A sparse, rural agricultural inhabitants valued a private integrity that incorporated a robust feel of monetary morality. Honesty and truthfulness have been characteristics not just wanted yet demanded. Stealing was once a contravention of that belief and obtained society's sternest punishment.
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Court days, militia musters, Fourth of July celebrations, horse-racing weeks, land sales, political campaigns, and election days offered popular occasions for imbibing. Funerals, births, and marriage ceremonies did the same. 6 The levels of drunkenness cannot be documented statistically, but natives and outsiders often were shocked at commonplace practices. "8 Excessive drunkenness often was cited as a cause of early death. Moral abandonment, ill health, a life of crime, and perhaps suicide, many believed, were in store for those who overly indulged.
In doing so, they anticipated present-day arguments. Editor Elias Gould of the St. " The man continued, "Unquestionably the press has a great deal to do with these epidemics.
Florida had no "cities," but three towns (Pensacola, Key West, and Jacksonville) had populations in excess of two thousand. Tallahassee, St. Augustine, and Apalachicola fell within a hundred of that total, while Milton, Fernandina, and Monticello numbered at least a thousand. 2 Fundamental to an understanding of any aspect of antebellum Floridaespecially crime and law enforcementis the pervasive influence of the frontier. 3 The difficulties of travel, the danger of Indian uprisings, and, of course, the problems of holding courts that could prosecute criminals held important ramifications for the way Floridians organized their criminal justice system.