American Homicide by Randolph Roth

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In American Homicide, Randolph Roth charts changes in the character and incidence of homicide in the U.S. from colonial times to the present. Roth examines the four factors that explain why homicide rates have gone up and down in the United States and in other Western nations over the past four centuries, and why the United States is today the most homicidal affluent nation.

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Randolph Roth is Professor of History, The Ohio State University .
Published March 5, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 672 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Crime, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Ohio State history professor Roth's ambitious project—analyzing American homicide from colonial times to the present—makes for an intriguing if dense read.

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Some of those perceptions, of course, are still widely held today, and Roth sees a correlation between how we are governed and the likelihood that we will kill one another: "The statistics make it clear that in the twentieth century homicide rates have fallen during the terms of presidents who ha...

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Despite the indecorous implication that genocide can lead to a decline in homicide rates, Roth concludes with a banal, if naïve, prescription: “If [politicians] recognize the role that emotions and beliefs play in homicide, and the importance of legitimate government and national unity, they may ...

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Cases from Vermont and New Hampshire command disproportionate attention, and Roth often uses data from these rural, agricultural states during the nineteenth century to calculate homicide rates for urban, industrial New England.

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Finally, the Southwest experienced a "staggering" murder rate in the 1840s and 1850s, fueled by the displacements of the Mexican War and related racial and property violence, but also by the immigration of southerners accustomed to violence, the impotence of the government, and labor disputes.

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