Children of the Streets of Richmond, 1865–1920 by Harry M. Ward

By Harry M. Ward

Richmond within the overdue nineteenth century was once no longer the genteel peaceable group historians have made it. Virginia’s capital used to be cosmopolitan, boisterous and crime-ridden. From 1905 to 1915 there has been an legitimate pink mild district. The police had their palms complete with drunks and riffraff, and various highway urchins and waifs—most of whom have been very poor—found themselves at the mistaken facet of the law.
The juvenile delinquents of Richmond—some slightly out of infancy—were held responsible within the Police court docket. A juvenile courtroom process used to be now not tested until eventually 1916. Presiding over the Police courtroom for 32 years used to be Justice John Jeter Crutchfield who, even though unlearned within the legislations, functioned like a biblical Solomon yet with nice showmanship. The Police court docket attracted many travelers and a few of Virginia’s literary figures minimize their the teeth writing newspaper assurance of the court cases, vying with one another for the main hilarious slant. What emerges from the general public list is an a laugh and touching photograph of what existence was once quite like within the post–Reconstruction city South.

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