Juvenile Offenders for a Thousand Years: Selected Readings from Anglo-Saxon Times to 1900

Juvenile Offenders for a Thousand Years: Selected Readings from Anglo-Saxon Times to 1900

Juvenile Offenders for a Thousand Years: Selected Readings from Anglo-Saxon Times to 1900

Juvenile Offenders for a Thousand Years: Selected Readings from Anglo-Saxon Times to 1900

Synopsis

Although much is being published on the subject of juvenile delinquency, this volume of selected British and American source material provides something new. It includes material so old that it is practically unknown to present-day social scientists and also old material of a local nature that has never had wide circulation.

Originally published 1970.

Excerpt

So many books, pamphlets and articles on juvenile delinquency are pouring from the presses that the reading public is becoming skeptical as to whether anything new can be written about the subject. The author of another book on juvenile delinquency therefore is morally bound to show that his work is not simply a restatement of well known and generally accepted facts about delinquency. He must show that he has discovered new facts based upon his own research, or that he has approached the subject from a fresh new angle. This volume is new in the sense that it includes material so old it has been long forgotten and is practically unknown to the present generation of social scientists, or old material of a local nature which though important never had wide circulation, and is now to be found rarely in scattered libraries throughout the world.

This book is the outgrowth of more than a quarter century of study, teaching and research in the field of juvenile delinquency. The idea of the desirability of a source book on the historical background of juvenile delinquency began to take shape in 1929 when the author ran across in the Crerar Library in Chicago Walter Buchanan's privately printed pamphlet describing "the state of juvenile crime in the metropolis" of London in 1846. Extensive browsing in libraries has failed to locate another copy of this classic work. A rare pamphlet of such value and interest should not be buried in library stacks gathering dust but should be made readily available to the reading public today. Subsequent exploration in other libraries has revealed many other interesting pamphlets and documents on delinquency which should see the light of day. A major purpose of this volume therefore is to render more accessible rare and valuable books, pamphlets and other data on juvenile delinquency. Incidentally, it may be pointed out that the danger of destruction by bombing attacks of the great libraries housing these rare documents on delinquency is a very real threat as shown by repeated bombings of the British Museum and other English libraries during World War II. To preserve copies of these valuable pamphlets and reports would tend to minimize the loss of the originals.

The extracts finally selected have been drawn from many places. The chief American sources were the Library of Congress, Crerar Library, the libraries of the University of Chicago, Columbia Uni versity . . .

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