HIST 211 Murder & Mayhem in Mobtown: A History of Crime in America

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Bodymore, Murderland, The Killing City...contemporary monikers for a city whose violent crime has consistently made national headlines; however, murder and mayhem have played a major role throughout Baltimore's history. Whether it was the beating to death of a Revolutionary war hero, setting people on fire, attacking soldiers in the streets during the Civil War, or ripping down buildings, Baltimoreans seem to have always been known for their violent streak. Tracing the evolution of violent crime in American history using Baltimore as its primary geographic focus, the course will examine the history of violent crime, riots and uprisings using various sources including newspaper articles, case studies and other online primary source documents.