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Law for the Elephant: Property & Social Behavior on the Overland Trail

By: John Phillip Reid

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Huntington Library: 1996

Seller ID: 281640

ISBN: 0873281640

Condition: 448 pages, 6 x 9, 1 map, 7 line illustrations, Huntington Library


For most of their journey, travelers on the overland trail to California in the 1840s and 1850s were beyond the reach of the law and its enforcers, the police and the courts. Yet, not only did the law play a large role in life on the trail, it was a law hardly distinguishable from the one the emigrants had left behind. John Phillip Reid demonstrates how seriously overlanders regarded the rights of property and personal ownership when they went west as he explores their d... View more info

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Policing the Elephant: Crime, Punishment & Social Behavior

By: John Phillip Reid

Price: $15.00

Publisher: The Huntington Library Press: 1996

Seller ID: 281594

ISBN: 0873281594

Condition: 326 pages, 6 x 9, 1 map, 1 line illustration, The Huntington Library Press


Policing the Elephant, the companion volume to Law for the Elephant, examines criminal activity and its consequences among travelers on the overland trail in the early nineteenth century. Reid consulted hundreds of primary sources to discover how justice was meted out--without police, attorneys, or courts. Separating fact from fiction, he explores how emigrants dealt with spousal abuse, homicide, robbery, organized crime, and larceny. He also looks into famous episodes o... View more info