An Enquiry into the Effects of Public Punishments upon Criminals, and upon Society.

Rush (Benjamin)

An Enquiry into the Effects of Public Punishments upon Criminals, and upon Society.

Read in the Society for Promoting Political Enquiries, convened at the house of His Excellency Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia, March 9th, 1787.

Description: some spotting, pp. [viii], 37, [1, ads], plus final blank, 8vo, modern boards, good

Publication Details: Philadelphia, printed: London, reprinted, for C. Dilly, 1787

Notes: Rush's interest in social reform was aroused when he joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Hospital, 'stirred moreover by the idealism of the Revolution, he now became a sposor of the various ameliorative movements which were to remould America in the ensuing century. He established the first free dispensatory in the country (1786), became the President of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery, condemned public and capital punishments, and demanded real "penitentiaries" by way of prison reform' (DAB). 'Rush had read Cesare Beccaria's On Crimes and Punishments and John Howard's T...more

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Price: £1,250

Subject: History

Published Date: 1787

Stock Number: 51289

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