Pittsylvania County Historical Society Books

Thirty-Nine Lashes--Well Laid On: Crime and Punishment in Southside Virginia, 1750-1950

By:  Herman Melton

Written by one of Virginia's top local historians, with a fully indexed account of crimes of all descriptions in Southside Virginia, including many local families. Fully illustrated. Hair-raising accounts of "justice" during the days of slavery, including court-administered castration, thumb-hanging and flogging. Melton's earlier works are greatly respected and in some cases no longer available.  2002.

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