Punishments considered cruel and unusual by today’s standards were commonplace in the colonial period. Historian Martha McCartney describes practices intended to shame, horrify and appall.
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A tale of murder in the final chapter in a great man’s noble life. Chris Hull tells George Wythe’s story.| Transcript
Pirates seek treasure both sunken and sea-going, from the 17th century through today. William and Mary Professor Kris Lane draws the connections between the old traditions and the fresh emergences of piracy.| Transcript
The hangman’s noose was the last stop for many a felon. But the ultimate penalty could be avoided with the recitation of one special psalm. Historian Linda Rowe explains the Benefit of Clergy.| Transcript
Children and the law: Historian Cathy Hellier and Law Professor Jim Dwyer contrast 18th-century and 21st-century juvenile justice.| Transcript
Piracy is equal parts economics and adventure. Author Carson Hudson describes the lust for treasure.| Transcript