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Bunco Artists in Richmond, 1870–1920 : Sharpers, Snatchers, Swindlers, Flimflammers and Other Con
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Richmond in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was home to a lively underworld of tricksters, swindlers, confidence men and thieves. The former Confederate capital’s under-staffed police force and dense population—large numbers of immigrants and the very poor—accommodated the enterprising criminal. Newspaper reports of the day offer a glimpse of a wide variety of crimes and misdemeanors, often with a bit of humor or pathos. Based on reports from the proceedings of the Police Court, this book provides a portrait of Richmond—then the most congested city in the U.S.—during the “Golden Age of the Con,” when gamblers, hustlers and frauds plied their trades across the country.
Number of Pages: 239
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: United States / General, Criminology
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Harry M. Ward
Street Date: February 13, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-5139
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